This painting depicts a quiet harbour. Two ships are in full view, and a third one in the lowest right corner. Their decks are messy, full of nets and ropes. Everything is ready to sail, to move through the waves, to fish. However, the harbour is still, silent, and nothing is happening. No explanation for this is given. Instead Hamish invites the viewer to enjoy the serene atmosphere, enhanced by the harmonious colours, waiting for a gust of wind that will bring this harbour to life.
Hamishs artistic influence is drawn from a variety of sources, including the Impressionists and the Scottish Colourists and of these, the most influential are the works of Gillies and Eardley. His broad, fluid style and bold palette place him directly within the continuing lineage of the Scottish Colourist tradition whilst his ability to capture the atmosphere and vitality of his subject is enhanced by a confident and mature style.
Hamish MacDonald (1935-2008) was born in Glasgow. He studied at Glasgow School of Art between 1963 and 1967. From 1968 he successfully combined painting and teaching and was also a guest lecturer at various institutions in Scotland. In 1991 he retired from his post as Art Department Principal to concentrate fully on the development of his own painting.
Since 1963, Hamish has staged numerous solo exhibitions in Scotland and participated in group shows with well-renowned galleries in London and throughout the UK. His works can be found in many major collections, including HRH The Duke of Edinburgh; Kelvingrove Art Gallery; Paisley Art Gallery; Burmah Oil Company and several UK Education Authorities and Regional Councils. His awards include: National Prizewinner Laing Competition (1989) and RGI Royal College of Physicians Award (1993). His work is also well represented as cards, and his limited edition prints are now enthusiastically collected.