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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.

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William Kennedy Dickson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
William Kennedy Laurie Dickson was a Scottish inventor who devised an early motion picture camera under the employment of Thomas Edison.

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 was a Scottish poet, writer, artist and gardener.

Rankin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Josephine nude, Kate's closed, Tumanni & Lawi John Rankin Waddell, also known under his working name Rankin, is a British portrait and fashion photographer.

Eduardo Paolozzi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
The Artist as Hephaestus, A Maximis Ad Minima, Athena Sir Eduardo Luigi Paolozzi CBE RA was a Scottish sculptor and artist.

Alasdair Gray is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Erics watching television, Mother and daughter, Eden and after Alasdair Gray is a Scottish writer and artist. His most acclaimed work is his first novel, Lanark, published in 1981 and written over a period of almost 30 years. It is now regarded as a ...more

Douglas Gordon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Confessions of a Justified Sinner Douglas Gordon is a Scottish artist; he won the Turner Prize in 1996 and the following year he represented Britain at the Venice Biennale. He lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

John Byrne is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Self Portrait John Byrne is a Scottish playwright and artist.

Luke Fowler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Luke Fowler 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 that have ...more

Stuart Sutcliffe is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Summer Painting, The Building Site 1957, Red Self Portrait Stuart Fergusson Victor Sutcliffe was a Scottish-born artist and musician best known as the original bassist for the Beatles. Sutcliffe left the band to pursue his career as an artist, having ...more

David Roberts is listed (or ranked) 10 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 was a Scottish painter. He is especially known for a prolific series of detailed lithograph prints of Egypt and the Near East that he produced from sketches he made during long ...more

Anya Gallaccio is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Anya Gallaccio is a British artist, who often works with organic matter.

Helen Adam is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Helen Adam was a Scottish poet, collagist and photographer who was an c, a literary movement contemporaneous to the Beat Generation that occurred in San Francisco during the 1950s and 1960s. ...more

Frances MacDonald is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Ill Omen, Spring, The Choice Frances MacDonald was a Scottish artist whose design work was a prominent feature of the "Glasgow Style" during the 1890s. The sister of better known artist Margaret MacDonald, she was ...more

Peter Doig is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Lapeyrouse Wall, Pink Snow, Gasthof zur Muldentalsperre Peter Doig 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 at Sotheby's for $11.3 ...more

Alexander Milne Calder is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
William Penn Alexander Milne Calder was a Scottish American sculptor best known for the architectural sculpture of Philadelphia City Hall. Both his son, Alexander Stirling Calder, and grandson, Alexander ...more

Andrew Geddes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Andrew Geddes was a Scottish portrait painter and etcher.

James McDougal Hart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
James McDougal Hart, was a Scottish-born American landscape and cattle painter of the Hudson River School. His older brother, William Hart, was also a Hudson River School artist, and the two ...more

Albert Watson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Albert Watson is a Scottish photographer well known for his fashion, celebrity and art photography, and whose work is featured in galleries and museums worldwide. He has shot over 200 covers of ...more

Joseph Boehm is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Charles Robert Darwin Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Baronet, RA was a medallist and sculptor, best known for the Jubilee head of Queen Victoria on coinage, and the statue of the Duke of Wellington at Hyde Park Corner. ...more

Alexander Wilson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Alexander Wilson was a Scottish-American poet, ornithologist, naturalist, and illustrator. Identified by George Ord as the "Father of American Ornithology," Wilson is now regarded as ...more

John Guille Millais is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
John Guille Millais John Guille "Johnny" Millais was a British artist, naturalist, gardener and travel writer who specialised in wildlife and flower portraiture. He travelled extensively around the world ...more

Jemima Blackburn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Jemima Wedderburn Blackburn was a Scottish painter whose work gives us an evocative picture of rural life in 19th-century Scotland. One of the most popular illustrators in Victorian Britain, she ...more

Edward Atkinson Hornel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Edward Atkinson Hornel Resting, In the Town Crofts, Kirkcudbright Edward Atkinson Hornel 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, on 17 July ...more

John Faed is listed (or ranked) 24 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. was a Scottish painter.

Jim Mathieson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Jim Mathieson James William Mathieson 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 adult, he completed national ...more

Dugald Sutherland MacColl is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Dugald Sutherland MacColl was a Scottish watercolour painter, art critic, lecturer and writer. He was keeper of the Tate gallery for five years.

Samuel Peploe is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Still Life - Roses and Apples, Stormy Weather, Iona Samuel John Peploe was a Scottish Post-Impressionist painter, noted for his still life works and for being one of the group of four painters that became known as the Scottish Colourists. The ...more

Constance Gordon-Cumming is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Constance Frederica “Eka” Gordon-Cumming was a travel writer and painter. She was born on 26 May 1837 at Altyre, near Forres in Scotland, the 12th child of a wealthy family. Her parents were Sir ...more

Leslie Hunter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Leslie Hunter The Fruit Bowl, Aspidistra, Rottenrow George Leslie Hunter, was christened simply George Hunter, but he adopted the name Leslie in San Francisco, and Leslie Hunter, became his professional name. Showing an aptitude for drawing at an ...more

James Guthrie is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
The Bridge, Crowland, A Hindi’s Daughter Sir James Guthrie was a Scottish painter, best known in his own lifetime for his portraiture, although today more generally regarded as a painter of Scottish Realism.

Doris Zinkeisen is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Doris Clare Zinkeisen was a Scottish theatrical stage and costume designer, painter, commercial artist and writer. She was best known for her work in theatrical design.

John Kelso Hunter is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
John Kelso Hunter was a self-taught Scottish portrait painter and author of two books.

Alison Watt is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Alison Watt Duct, The Renfrewshire pig, Close Up Alison Watt OBE is a Scottish painter, who first came to national attention while still at college when she won the 1987 Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Henry Raeburn is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Portrait of Walter Scott, Portrait of Mrs. Robert Scott Moncrieff, The Skating Minister Sir Henry Raeburn was a Scottish portrait painter and Scotland's first significant portrait painter since the Union to remain based in Scotland. He served as Portrait Painter to King George IV ...more

Jack Vettriano is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Olympia, After The Thrill Is Gone, The Innocents Jack Vettriano OBE born Jack Hoggan, is a Scottish painter. His 1992 painting, The Singing Butler, became a best selling image in Britain.

Susan Philipsz is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Lowlands, Long Gone Susan Philipsz (born 1965) is a Scottish artist who lives and works in Berlin.

Andrew Grassie is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Andrew Grassie Warehouse, Fog, The Hanging of New Hang Andrew Grassie is a Scottish artist. Grassie paints highly detailed and self-referential tempera on paper copies of photographs. He was educated at St Martins School of Art and the Royal College ...more

Harry Benson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Children of US presidents Harry James Benson, CBE is a Scottish photographer whose pictures have appeared in publications including Life, Vanity Fair, People and The New Yorker. Benson was assigned to travel with The ...more

Peter Howson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Peter Howson Blind Leading the Blind III, Judas, Croatian and Muslim Peter Howson OBE is a Scottish painter. He was the British official war artist in the 1993 Bosnian Civil War.

David Batchelor is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
David Batchelor David Batchelor is a Scottish artist, writer, and a Senior Tutor in Critical Theory in the Department of Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art in London.

Hannah Frank is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Hannah Frank was an artist and sculptor from Glasgow, Scotland.

Dalziel + Scullion is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Dalziel + Scullion Dalziel + Scullion are Scottish based artists Matthew Dalziel and Louise Scullion who have worked in collaboration since 1993; their studio creates artworks in photography, video, sound and ...more

William Leighton Leitch is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
William Leighton Leitch William Leighton Leitch was a master Scottish landscape watercolour painter and illustrator. He was Drawing Master to Queen Victoria for 22 years. He was Vice President of the Royal Institute of ...more

R. Hunter Middleton is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
R. Hunter Middleton Robert Hunter Middleton was an American book designer, painter, and type designer. Born in Glasgow, Scotland he came to Chicago in 1908 where he studied at the School of the Art Institute. He ...more

Alexander Johnston is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Alexander Johnston The Covenanter's Marriage, A Scene from the Lady of the Lake, The Mother's Grave Alexander Johnston was a Scottish painter, known for genre and history paintings.

Robert McGregor is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Robert McGregor Robert McGregor RSA (1847–1922) was a Scottish landscape painter, genre painter, portrait painter and marine painter. His genre was particularly painting working men such as fishermen, ...more

Ken Currie is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Ken Currie Fight or Starve, Radical Wars, Chimera Ken Currie is a Scottish artist.

James Ballantine is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
James Ballantine was an artist and author. Born in St Cuthbert's Parish of Edinburgh, he began life as a house painter. He studied art and became one of the first to revive the art of ...more

Roderick Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
Roderick Buchanan Roderick Buchanan is a Scottish artist working in the fields of installation, film and photography. After attending Thomas Muir High School, Buchanan studied at the Glasgow School of Art in the ...more

George Washington Wilson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
George Washington Wilson Charles Darwin, Iona Cathedral, South Aisle George Washington Wilson was a pioneering Scottish photographer.