Ian Shields

Born in 1964, I come from Shotts in Lanarkshire. I trained as illustrator with the Scottish Wildlife Trust in Edinburgh from 1989-91, then I studied fine art at Grays School of art Aberdeen, from 1994 -98, where my work was praised by the art critic of the Scotsman, Duncan Macmillan.

I have shown extensively in various gallery's since graduating, I moved to the Borders in 2015, where I decided to just concentrate on developing my work, my studio looks over the river Tweed and the Border hills which in inspires every day. 

My paintings are not a direct reference to landscape, but rather an improvised response to, light, dark, atmosphere and  memory, to  conjure something of mysterious, the Gothic.  

I have been fascinated since the 80s by the techniques of artists from  the 16th,  17th Century,golden age of Dutch art, 19th century's, thus my paintings, thus my painting process take time to complete and are built up of many layers of glazes and varnishes.