George Sapper Bain (1881-1968), British /Scottish

George Bain is referred as “the father of the modern Celtic design”. Born in Scrabster (Caithness), educated in Edinburg. In 1951 he wrote his most famous book “Celtic Art: The Methods of Creation”. In 1978, a retrospective exhibition of his work was held in Kirkcaldy. His collection is held by the Groam House Museum in Rosemarkie which helped organize a further exhibition on his life and work at the Royal Museum (Edinburgh) in 2001. During the last two years of the First World War George Bain served in the Salonica campaign in the Royal Engineers unit.  There he sketched and painted both landscapes and the people he met and worked with. This work is today in the collection of Groam House Museum (http://www.groamhouse.org.uk/index.asp?pageid=670965) . On his return he took up the position of Principal Teacher of Art at Kirkcaldy High School in Fife, remaining in this post until his retirement in 1946. From his Macedonian several examples of work are:
  • “A bullock wagon, Macedonia” etching, Sold by auction House McTears, Glasgow, UK, on 15 March 2017, lot number 109 to the author of this lexicon
  • Etching “Macedonian” which was sold via the auction house Shapes, Edinburg UK, in 1 July 2000 (lot number 412).
  • Аround 64 watercolors are drawings are in the art collection of Groam House Museum in Rosemarkie, Scotland.
  • Watercolor named ‘Vergitor, Vardar, Macedonia”, sold my Auction house Anderson & Garland in Westerhope UK, on 15th August 2017, lot number 133, bought by the author of this book.
George Sapper Bain (1881 -1968), Army Camp-Valley, Salonika 1918, watercolors
George Sapper Bain (1881 -1968), Army Camp-Valley, Salonika 1918, watercolors
George Sapper Bain (1881 -1968), Vardar Macedonia 1918, watercolor
George Sapper Bain (1881 -1968), Vardar Macedonia 1918, watercolor
George Sapper Bain (1881 -1968), Bullock car, Macedonia, etching, 1928
George Sapper Bain (1881 -1968), Bullock car, Macedonia, etching, 1928
George Sapper Bain (1881 -1968), Army Camp-Valley, Salonika 1918, watercolors-2
George Sapper Bain (1881 -1968), Army Camp-Valley, Salonika 1918, watercolors-2

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Vlatko potpis s

This lexicon is a result of my 15 years long period of researching & documenting the personalities and the artworks of the foreign painters, sculptors, illustrators, and photographers having visited different spots of the geographic territory of Macedonia, there having created works of art there over a 100-years long period i.e. between 1850-1950. Their presence and artwork in the Macedonian milieus represent a notable cultural heritage to the international linkage of the ethnic Macedonians as well as to all the ethnicities living in the picturesque territory of Macedonia and the cultures of modern-day countries spread over parts of the geographic territory of Macedonia. Witnessing the artistic contributions of the foreign artist, we are proud of their Macedonia-themed creative works and experiences. I believe that their artworks, having been inspired and created over the vast region of Macedonia, unite us all in these challenging times, and under the facts and the values of the artistic beauty.

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