The small-scale farming known as crofting was nearly wiped out by the Highland Clearances. View of Croft on the Isle of Jura contrasts a deserted croft with the piercing blue of the sky.
David Ross Warrillow, born 1956
Born in Glasgow, Warrillow studied from 1975 to 1979 at Glasgow School of Art, where David Donaldson and Danny Ferguson were early influences. He taught art in schools in Glasgow until 1989, where he gave up teaching to concentrate full-time on painting.
Warrillow paints simple forms in an intense realist style in the manner of the Spanish still-life masters Juan Sánchez Cotán and Luis Eugenio Meléndez. He aims for perfection of form and light, achieving an almost three-dimensional effect. He is very interested in the techniques of oil painting, and chose this form of realism because he felt it would be a challenge.