Scottie wilson (1888-1972)

Watercolour on paper, 6” x 7”

Good condition with minor discolouration typical of age. Push pin hole top centre most likely by artist.

Born Louis Freeman, Scottie Wilson was a Scottish, Jewish, self-taught visionary artist. After emigrating to Toronto after fighting in World War 1, he opened a second hand shop. At the age of 44 began drawing with one of the fountain pens that he collected for resale in his shop and discovered his passion for art. After 10 years in Canada, in 1945 he moved to London and began to show at galleries, although he rejected commercialism and sold his work on the streets for a fraction of the price. Wilson's art was admired and collected by Jean Dubuffet and Pablo Picasso and is generally accepted to be in the forefront of 20th-century visionary art. His work is held numerous collections including the MoMA, the Tate, and National Galleries Scotland.