About this artwork

John Mackintosh was born in Simla, India, and first came to Edinburgh at the age of eleven. He went on to study History at the University of Edinburgh (1946-50) before reading Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Balliol College, Oxford (1950-2). The following year he achieved a postgraduate degree from Princeton University. His seminal thesis, ‘The British Cabinet’, was published in 1962 and he became a Labour M.P. for Berwick and East Lothian in 1966. Mackintosh balanced his academic career as a lecturer alongside his duties in the House of Commons and in 1977 became Chair and Professor of Politics at the University of Edinburgh. A strong supporter of the devolution of Scotland, a quote by Mackintosh is now engraved on the threshold of the Donald Dewar Room at the Holyrood Parliament.

Ian Hughes

Ian Hughes

Glasgow-born Ian Hughes attended Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee from 1976 to 80. He then won a travel scholarship and spent six months in Amsterdam. Later he moved to Edinburgh where his time was divided between his art work and nursing at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. His early work involved painting over ready-made photographed images. Recently he has relied more directly on the painted image. His work has appeared in many solo and group exhibitions.