In Loving Memory  (Breton Cemetery)
Oil on board 535 x 565 mm
Alexander Goudie (1933 - 2004)
Goudie was born in the Renfrewshire town of Paisley in 1933. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art under William Armour, David Donaldson and Benno Schotz, receiving several prizes including the Keith Award from the RSA. For many years he was a tutor at the school, before dedicating himself to his own studio work.
He undertook a variety of European tours, and developed a special attraction for Brittany. He married Marie-Renee Dorval from Brittany in 1962, and this led to a series of paintings of Breton people, often in traditional rural settings.
As a portraitist his sitters included Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Lord Chancellor Lord Mackay of Clashfern, Billy Connolly and a host of other figures drawn from the worlds of politics, commerce and entertainment. Although he achieved great renown as a portrait painter Alexander Goudie distinguished himself in a range of other creative spheres.
Goudie is perhaps best known for his famous Tam O’Shanter series of large paintings completed in 1996, amounting to 56 works, and on permanent display at the Rozelle Gallery in Ayr, This immense series brings to life the full drama of Burns’ poem, using a variety of styles. He also had a major commission in the form of the interior design and provision of Brittany-themed paintings for the MV Bretagne, the flagship of Brittany Ferries (launched 1989). It is thought that the present work forms part of this series.
Goudie has exhibited at the Scottish Gallery, the Fine Art Society in Glasgow, the Billcliffe Gallery, and the Musee National de la Marine in Paris.
The following obituary gives a superb thumbnail portrait of this pertinacious man and artist:

Alexander Goudie (1933-2004), In Loving Memory (Breton Cemetery)