John Houston (painter)

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John Houston, OBE RSA (1 April 1930 – 27 September 2008) was a Scottish painter.

Houston was born in Buckhaven, Fife, and educated at Buckhaven High School and Edinburgh College of Art. An early career as a semi-professional footballer with Dundee United F.C. was ended by a knee injury.[1]

Houston taught at Edinburgh College of Art between 1955 and 1989.[2] He painted landscapes in an expressionist style. His works are on display at many Scottish art galleries.[3] He was elected to the Royal Scottish Academy in 1972 and was accorded a retrospective at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in 2005.[2]

Houston received an Honorary Doctorate from Heriot-Watt University in 2004 [4]

Personal life[edit]

He was married to the painter Dame Elizabeth Blackadder until his death.[1]


  1. ^ a b Packer, William (3 October 2008). "John Houston: Painter of the postwar Scottish school who found his truest subject in the landscape". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 October 2008. 
  2. ^ a b "John Houston: Scottish painter and teacher". London, UK: The Times. 4 October 2008. Retrieved 7 October 2008. 
  3. ^ "John Houston". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 7 October 2008. 
  4. ^ "HW Minutes 2004" (PDF). 

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