Nichol, our commissioning artist, chooses the artists whom we pair with the whiskies as carefully as George chooses the casks. Below we have a series of pages full of information and images about the artists that we have chosen to work with. We are big fans of the art scene in Scotland and we are proud to work with our artists.
Nichol’s artistic career has been a series of leaps in the dark in unconventional directions. Born into a family of lawyers and politicians in 1971 (his great uncle, John Wheatley, was Minister of Health in the first Labour government, his grandfather was Lord Justice Clerk), he bypassed the obvious career paths to study at Glasgow School of Art, a move that had been predicted by his art teacher when he was just 8.
Maureen Rocksmoore is an artist who paints in oil, known for her `Skyscapes`. She has her studio in Glasgows` iconic Briggait Building which is home to WASPS, The Scottish Visual Arts Organisation.
Frank McNab has lived and worked in Scotland all his life. He has a close bond to his native country and its landscape. He was educated at Glasgow School of Art and is a member of The Glasgow Art Club, the RGI (the Royal Glasgow Institute of The Fine Arts), and the Paisley Art Institute.
His other main source of inspiration is literature and poetry. He has been commissioned to produce work based on Milton, Yeats, Dante, Tennyson, Burns, Vysotsky, and Eliot,
Alice Angus’s work combines public art, works on paper and in textiles. She also is Co-Director of arts organisation Proboscis (with Giles Lane), and combines her work on independent projects with work on larger scale collaborative projects with Proboscis, that include public artworks, academic research, arts and community commission.
Brian McFie is one of the most interesting artists in Scotland at the moment. A graduate of Glasgow School of Art he then stepped left becoming a rock star playing with a host of bands including The Big Dish, Craig Armstrong, Marianne Faithfull and The Bluebells. He currently plays with the rather fabulous Lola in Slacks. About 2008 he returned full heartedly to drawing and painting. His practice is an incredible exploration of both abstract and figurative work. His work is widely exhibited both nationally and internationally and widely collected. If all of this was not enough he is also the arts editor of SOGO art magazine.