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James Cowie

 (1886 - 1956)
James Cowie was active/lived in United Kingdom.  James Cowie is known for painting.

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Biography   James Cowie


Born in Aberdeenshire, James Cowie studied at Glasgow School of Art and famously completed his diploma course in a mere two years.  He taught at Bellshill Academy, near Glasgow from 1915 to 1935 and later became Warden at Hospitalfield House, Arbroath.

His style of painting was precise and linear.  Cowie was an admirer of Poussin and the Pre-Raphaelite painters and believed in the classical values of self-restraint and objectivity.  He had a meticulous way of working and believed that art was a product of thought and reason.  His pupils included Robert Colquhoun, Robert MacBryde and Joan Eardley. 

Thirty-two of James Cowie's paintings are held in Public Collections including:
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