James Huck

James Huck was an artist passionate about portraiture, stimulated by love and knowledge of the Dutch School. He was known as an authority on the Greek figure, his knowledge of anatomy was stimulated by admiration for Leonardo Da Vinci. An interest in history of Art was fostered by intense reading and studying mainly in Paris, triggered by reading Tolstoy's 'What is Art?'. Huck's other passion was landscape, very much inspired by his Scottish homeland. In these paintings you can see a fascination for colour stemmed from a keen interest in the Italian Renaissance artists.


1875 Born Lasswade, Scotland
Early Education Galashiels, Hawick
While still young established an Art School in Galashiels which later developed into South of Scotland Technical College now known as Scottish Textile College, Galashiels (part of Heriott-Watt University)
Received help and encouragement from benefactor Bailie G. Hope Tait
Higher Education Glasgow School of Art and London Slade
1900 Won the Haldane Scholarship and a traveling bursary, traveling to France and Italy
c1901 Won the Bram Stoker Medal. Best imaginative work of the year with the picture "A representation of Adam and Eve"
1901 Won silver medal South Kensington for Chalk drawing of seated nude figure
1901 Appointed to the staff of Glasgow School of Art. Assistant in the School Drawing and Painting Section and lecturer on artistic anatomy
1905 Exhibited Italian sketches in oil, watercolour and pastel in School of Art Club
1911 Exhibited oil portrait "Thomas Hodge, Esq." Not for sale. Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts
1912 Exhibited oil "Cottage door, Fistard, Port St. Mary, I.O.M. £10 Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts pastel "Study of a head" Not for sale. Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts
1913 Exhibited oil "Gansey Shore", I.O.M. £10 Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts. Oil "the Smelt", I.O.M. £12.12.0 Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts
1918 First president of the Federation of Scottish Art Clubs. At this time he was also headmaster of the Strathbungo Evening School
1926 Becomes Assistant Director of Glasgow and School of Art
1932 Directed experiment in Rutherglan schools to find out what natural instinct for design in colour was possessed by Scottish children of 5-12 years
1934 18ft long mural painting "The burial of the Chieftain" (from Scott's Lady of the Lake) on view at galleries of Messrs. T. & R. Annan & Sons
1935 Exhibition of his pictures of Culross and Iona in McClure's Galleries, Wellington Street.
1935 Exhibited oil "Group of cattle" £75 Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts. Oil "Miss Doris Morton" Not for sale. Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts. Oil "Mr Alex. Garvie" Not for sale. Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts
1936 Exhibited watercolour "Leaderfoot Bridge" £10 Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts
1938 Retires from Glasgow School of Art
1940 Dies Glasgow, Scotland


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