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Famous Artists from Scotland

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List of the most popular artists from Scotland, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries artists have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of entertainment. Make sure to also check out famous Polish artists and famous artists from Ukraine. Whether they're known for painting, sculpting, etching or drawing, the famous Scottish artists on this list have kept that tradition alive by creating renowned pieces of art that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Scottish artists, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

List artists include Douglas Gordon, Alison Watt, and many more.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous artists are from Scotland?" and "Who are the most well-known Scottish artists?"

For further information on these historic Scottish artists, click on their names. If you're a fine art lover use this list of celebrated Scottish artists to discover some new paintings that you will enjoy.

William Kennedy Dickson ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
William Kennedy-Laurie Dickson (3 August 1860 – 28 September 1935) was a Scottish inventor who devised an early motion picture camera under the employment of Thomas Edison (post-dating the work ...more
Ian Hamilton Finlay is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Little Sparta, The World Has Been Empty Since The Romans
Ian Hamilton Finlay, CBE (28 October 1925 – 27 March 2006) was a Scottish poet, writer, artist and gardener.
Eduardo Paolozzi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
The Artist as Hephaestus, A Maximis Ad Minima, Athena
Sir Eduardo Luigi Paolozzi (, Italian: [paoˈlɔttsi]; 7 March 1924 – 22 April 2005) was a Scottish sculptor and artist. He is widely considered to be one of the pioneers of pop art.
Alasdair Gray is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Erics watching television, Mother and daughter, Eden and after
Alasdair Gray (born 28 December 1934) is a Scottish writer and artist. His acclaimed first novel, Lanark (1981), written over almost 30 years, was described by The Guardian as "one of the ...more
Douglas Gordon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Confessions of a Justified Sinner
Douglas Gordon (born 20 September 1966) is a Scottish artist. He won the Turner Prize in 1996, the Premio 2000 at the 47th Venice Biennale in 1997 and the Hugo Boss Prize in 1998. He lives and ...more
John Byrne is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Self Portrait
John Patrick Byrne (born 6 January 1940) is a Scottish playwright and artist. He wrote The Slab Boys Trilogy, plays which explore working-class life in Scotland, and the TV dramas "Tutti ...more
Luke Fowler is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Luke Fowler (born 1978) is an artist, filmmaker and musician based in Glasgow. He studied printmaking at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee. He creates cinematic collages ...more
Stuart Sutcliffe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Summer Painting, The Building Site 1957, Red Self Portrait
Stuart Fergusson Victor Sutcliffe (23 June 1940 – 10 April 1962) was a Scottish-born painter and musician best known as the original bass guitarist for the Beatles. Sutcliffe left the band to ...more
David Roberts is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
David Roberts Departure of the Israelites, The Gateway to the Great Temple at Baalbec, A View in Cairo
David Roberts RA (24 October 1796 – 25 November 1864) was a Scottish painter. He is especially known for a prolific series of detailed lithograph prints of Egypt and the Near East that he ...more
Anya Gallaccio is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Anya Gallaccio (born 1963) is a British artist, who creates site-specific, minimalist installations and often works with organic matter (including chocolate, sugar, flowers and ice). Her use of ...more
Helen Adam is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Helen Adam (December 2, 1909 in Glasgow, Scotland – September 19, 1993 in New York City) was a Scottish poet, collagist and photographer who was part of a literary movement contemporaneous to ...more
Frances MacDonald is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Ill Omen, Spring, The Choice
Frances Macdonald MacNair (1873 – 1921) was a Scottish artist whose design work was a prominent feature of the "Glasgow Style" during the 1890s.
Peter Doig is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Lapeyrouse Wall, Pink Snow, Gasthof zur Muldentalsperre
Peter Doig ( DOYG; born 17 April 1959) is a Scottish painter. One of the most renowned living figurative painters, he has settled in Trinidad since 2002. In 2007, his painting White Canoe sold ...more
Alexander Milne Calder ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
William Penn
Alexander Milne Calder (August 23, 1846 – June 4, 1923) (MILL-nee) was a Scottish American sculptor best known for the architectural sculpture of Philadelphia City Hall. Both his son, Alexander ...more
Andrew Geddes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Andrew Geddes is the name of: Andrew Geddes (artist) (1783–1844), Scottish artist Andy Geddes (footballer, born 1922), Scottish footballer Andy Geddes (footballer, born 1959), Scottish ...more
James McDougal Hart is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
James McDougal Hart (May 10, 1828 – October 24, 1901), was a Scottish-born American landscape and cattle painter of the Hudson River School.
Albert Watson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Albert Watson (born 1942) is a Scottish fashion, celebrity and art photographer. He has shot over 100 covers of Vogue and 40 covers of Rolling Stone magazine since the mid-1970s, and has created ...more
Joseph Boehm is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Charles Robert Darwin
Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Baronet (Vienna, 6 July 1834 – 12 December 1890 London, England) was a medallist and sculptor, best known for the Jubilee head of Queen Victoria on coinage, and the ...more
Alexander Wilson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Alexander or Alex Wilson may refer to:
John Guille Millais is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
John Guille Millais
John Guille Millais ( MIL-ay, also US: mil-AY; 24 March 1865 – 24 March 1931) was a British artist, naturalist, gardener and travel writer who specialised in wildlife and flower portraiture. He ...more
Jemima Blackburn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Jemima Wedderburn Blackburn (1 May 1823 – 9 August 1909) was a Scottish painter whose work gives us an evocative picture of rural life in 19th-century Scotland. One of the most popular ...more
Edward Atkinson Hornel ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Edward Atkinson Hornel Resting, In the Town Crofts, Kirkcudbright
Edward Atkinson Hornel (1864–1933) was a Scottish painter of landscapes, flowers, and foliage, with children. He was a cousin of James Hornell. He was born in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria Australia, ...more
John Faed is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
John Faed Postumus and Imogen, The Statute Fair, Shakespeare and his Friends at the Mermaid Tavern
John Faed, R.S.A. (31 August 1819 – 22 October 1902) was a Scottish painter.
Jim Mathieson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Jim Mathieson
James William Mathieson (21 June 1931 – 12 April 2003) was a sculptor from the United Kingdom. Mathieson was born in Calcutta, India, but moved with his family to Scotland in 1947. As a young ...more
Dugald Sutherland MacCol... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Dugald Sutherland MacColl (10 March 1859 – 21 December 1948) was a Scottish watercolour painter, art critic, lecturer and writer. He was keeper of the Tate Gallery for five years.