Donald Bain 1904-1979

Donald Bain was born at Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire in 1904. He was a Scottish painter.

Bain studied under the Scottish landscape painter and leading figure of the Glasgow Boys, William York Macgregor (1855-1921). Macgregor introduced Bain to the work of the Scottish Colourists.

Alongside John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961), Bain was involved with the New Scottish Group from it's inception in 1942 and exhibited his expressionist influenced painting 'The Striped Vase' (1943) with them. In 1946, Bain travelled to Europe where he studied in Paris and travelled around Europe - where he met Matisse in Venice and drew a portrait of Picasso at the Colombe DÂ’Or, France - before returning to Glasgow in 1948.

Bain exhibited widely in France and Scotland but his work was largely unknown until a major touring exhibition (1972-1973).

Donald Bain died in 1979, aged 75.

Examples of Bain's work are held in the collections of the Scottish Arts Council, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Centro de Arte Moderna Gulbenkian, Portugal and The Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCa), Macedonia.


The New Scottish Group

The New Scottish Group was a loose collection of artists based in Glasgow, who exhibited from 1942 to 1956. It was formed around John Duncan Fergusson after his return to Glasgow in 1939. It had its origins in the New Art Club formed in 1940, and had its first exhibition in 1942. Members did not have a common style, but shared left-wing views and were influenced by contemporary continental art. Members included Donald Bain, William Crosbie, Marie de Banzie and Isabel Babianska.

Donald Bain