Sir Robin Philipson

Brenda Mark (Philipson), 1922 - 1960: 'Going to the Garden Party' (1952)

About this artwork

The painter, draughtsman and teacher Brenda Mark was born in Hull, Yorkshire. However, she was brought up and spent the rest of her life in Edinburgh, studying at Edinburgh College of Art from 1939 to 1943. She taught art in primary schools and for four years was attached to the teacher training college in Moray House as a crafts lecturer. She also taught at St Denis’ School, Edinburgh. She married the artist Sir Robin Philipson in 1949. Philipson was greatly influenced by Oskar Kokoschka and this is certainly visible the expressionistic brushstrokes of this work. Mark was a prominent exhibitor at the Scottish Society of Artists, of which she was a member, and the Royal Scottish Academy.

  • title: Brenda Mark (Philipson), 1922 - 1960: 'Going to the Garden Party'
  • accession number: PG 3302
  • artist: Sir Robin PhilipsonScottish (1916 - 1992)
  • depicted: Brenda Mark
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Education Visual arts
  • medium: Oil on canvas
  • date created: 1952
  • measurements: 111.76 x 83.92 cm (framed: 112.00 x 83.00 cm)
  • credit line: Dr Angus Gibson Gift 2002
  • copyright: © ROBIN PHILIPSON
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

Sir Robin Philipson

Sir Robin Philipson

Born in Cumbria, Philipson moved to Scotland with his family when he was fourteen. He studied at Edinburgh College of Art, where he joined the teaching staff in 1947 and taught until his retirement in 1982. His early work - mainly landscapes, still lifes and interiors - was strongly influenced by Kokoschka, whose painting ‘Zrání’ Philipson had studied at length. Later in the 1950s he became interested in the work of the American Abstract Expressionists. He became particularly well known for his paintings of cock fights, which helped to establish his reputation as a painter. Philipson’s paintings were notable for their energy and use of rich, jewel-like colour. His diverse subjects included catherdral interiors, soldiers, exotic wild animals and poppies.