By Tam McGuinness

Oil Painting
Subject Matter
Reg. Number
42.5 x 52 cm

This piece was painted with oils on board, and depicts the village of Steelend near Dunfermline, viewed from the south side of Saline Hill, looking south towards Saline Golf Club. The rural landscape includes trees, fields and gently rolling hills, opening out to the right to give a glimpse of lowland terrain in the distance. A burn streams across the picture from lower left to middle right, occasionally lined by trees. There is a circle of grey houses half-hidden among the trees in the centre foreground: to their left of the houses, it is possible to make out the edge of a football field, marked a set of goalposts.

This is a realistic depiction using naturalistic colours: the heavily-leaved trees have been rendered in great detail, although the houses are smooth and featureless in comparison. The undulating hills, the soft folds in the land and the long, diffuse shadows create a sense of stillness and add an almost dream-like feel.

Tam McGuinness was born in Dunfermline, Fife, in 1951. He is a self-taught artist and a former coal miner. In the late 1970s he began to exhibit with Richard Demarco in Edinburgh and has worked as an artist since then. He is best known for his Scottish and Irish landscapes. He lives in Fife.

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