Fish Fence (About 1953)
About this artwork
Shand Hutchison has always been interested in the animate within the inanimate. His imagination in this case has transformed a rusty fence into fish heads on a sandy beach in East Lothian. Hutchison did not paint outdoors or use preparatory sketches, instead he observed the landscape and then returned to his studio to paint. His interest in the textures of paint and its ability to depict surfaces is tangible in his evocation of the corroded fence posts. Hutchison often included a sun or a moon in his paintings - fascinated by the power they have on earth. This work was shown in the 1953 Society of Scottish Artists exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh.
Shand Hutchison was a well-known figure in Scottish Art. He began his studies at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA). However, like many students at this time, his education was interrupted by the outbreak of the Second World War. He returned to ECA in 1946 and following several scholarships abroad, he graduated in 1949. He then attended Moray House College of Education before working as an art teacher in the 1950s. In the sixties, Hutchison began lecturing at the University of Edinburgh and Heriot Watt University, as well as teaching a life drawing class at ECA. At this time he also became involved in television work. His work often looks to the landscape of East Lothian where he grew up, creating at times surreal explorations of the animate within the inanimate.