After graduating in 1965 in Drawing & Painting from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Ian Kinnear was awarded a David Murray Studentship from the Royal Academy Schools in London allowing him an extended time to explore landscape painting in Barra in the Western Isles. This proved to be a seminal influence on all his subsequent practice, and over the years he has returned to both the Hebrides and also the Northern Isles where he continue to find inspiration in the history and landscape of these places on the edge.
A period of art teaching in Glasgow and the Scottish Highlands followed during which a parallel developing interest in ceramics led to the establishment of his studio at Insh, near Kingussie. In 1988 a move to his present studio at Oathlaw allowed him to concentrate full time on my art practice.
Ian says: “Painting has been a constant and developing passion, in which I am increasingly absorbed. Inspiration still comes from trips to the islands around Scotland, as well as further afield in Italy and Australia and closer to home in the more gentle rural landscape of the fields and hills around my studio here in Angus.
Landscape has been the starting point and stimulus for much of my painting. Over time the work has become more abstracted from the literal and topographical to express in a few images and paint the mood and atmosphere of time and place.
Working on a subject, I may make many paintings , simplifying and refining each attempt as in the drafting of a poem.”