Jock MacInnes notoriously prepares his own gesso boards and canvases before drawing, painting, abrading and scraping the surfaces. Although Jock is principally inspired by the Scottish Colourist artists, his paintings take on a variety of styles and he describes himself as a 'Modernist' at heart. He is known to draw inspiration from British artists: Nicolson, Scott, Wallis and European artists: Matisse, Braque, Morandi.
Jock MacInnes graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1966 and went on to teach at the school for over 30 years. Throughout his teaching career he continued with his own painting; regularly exhibiting and winning art awards including The Paisley Art Institute Drawing Competition, The Royal Glasgow Institute Cargill Award and the Colquhoun Memorial Painting Competition. He was elected as a member of the RGI in 1988 and joined the Council of the RGI in 1995. In 1999 he ceased teaching at Glasgow School of Art and began to focus on his own paintings full time.
Jock’s paintings are often characterized by their simplicity and overall sense of quietness; strong atmospheres and moods stemming from his use of warm colours and tactile surfaces. Although his paintings are influenced by the Scottish Colourist artists, he describes himself as a 'Modernist' at heart. He prepares his own gesso boards and canvases and then draws, paints, abrades and scrapes onto the canvas to create a strong variety of textures. Whilst his works often reflect a recurring fascination with marine life, he also produces stunning landscape and still life paintings. Collectors of Jock’s paintings include Art in Healthcare, Kilmarnock’s Dick Institute, Paisley Art Institute, Nationwide Building Society, Royal Bank of Scotland, Glasgow University and Strathclyde University. [www.portlandgallery.com]