George Melvin Rennie
Braemar from Craig Choinnich
Size without frame: 11.5x17 in
Born in Macduff. Painter in oils, watercolour and pastel, also occasionally in charcoal and pencil. Worked mostly in landscapes, especially of Upper Deeside.
Studied part-time at Gray’s School of Art under James Hector, and at the Aberdeen School of Art
In 1924 he opened a studio in Braemar, remaining there until retiring to Edinburgh in 1948. A lover of hills & glens, which he explored on foot, he captured the atmospheric effects and the colours of the region perhaps more accurately than any other local artist, before or since. Among his commissioned work was a view of Birkhall House for Queen Mary and some large murals for a restaurant in Aberdeen. Apart from an occasional exhibit at the Aberdeen Artists’ Society annual show and at Paisley Art Institute, he exhibited little, preferring to sell his work direct to private buyers, including Queen Mary. He died in Edinburgh in 1953 leaving a second wife and eight children. A retrospective exhibition of his work was held at the McEwan Gallery in 1996.