D&A College artist wins top RSW award

D&A College lecturer and prize-winning artist, Ian Ritchie.
D&A College lecturer and prize-winning artist, Ian Ritchie.

This year’s annual RSW (Royal Scottish Society of painters in Watercolour) has proved lucky for a Friockheim-based D&A College artist.

Not only has Ian Ritchie had a painting chosen to be included in the exhibition being staged in the Royal Scottish Academy galleries on the Mound, Edinburgh, but has also won a prestigious award for his talents.

The college course leader in art and design, submitted ‘Emigration Ship’, a mixed media work which was accepted for the exhibition and also won the artist the Turcan Connell Prize, sponsored by the legal firm of the same name.

Despite lecturing at college on a full-time basis since 2005, the artist is no stranger to success having had paintings accepted for the RSW before, and has had his work displayed in in RSA and Royal Glasgow Institute exhibitions.

“I am delighted to have had my work recognised in this manner,” said the lecturer.

‘Emigration Ship’ is based on the last emigration ships to leave Scotland in the 1950s and early 60s.

“The ship is the Canadian Pacific Line Empress of Scotland that sailed from Liverpool and Greenock to Canada.

“The painting is designed to raise awareness of the fact that emigration is not something from history but continues to be a sad fact in Scottish life today.”

‘Emigration Ship’ will be on view as part of the RSW’s 134th annual exhibition which runs from January 16 to 31, Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m.