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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 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