Self Portrait

Self Portrait

Angus Menmuir Neil

Artist:Angus Menmuir Neil
Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire, Scotland, 1924 - 1992

Sitter:Angus Menmuir Neil

pencil on paper

Angus Neil was born in 1924 in Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire, but lived in Arbroath for most of his childhood. He served as a wireless operator in a Churchill tank during the war. After the war, he returned to Arbroath and enrolled at Hospitalfield School of Art in 1947 where he met the artist Joan Eardley. Neil then attended the Glasgow School of Arts as a part time student.

Neil and Eardley lived and worked in Glasgow and Catterline, a small village south of Stonehaven. Through the 1950s and '60s he sent paintings to various exhibitions, including to the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Glasgow Institute. He also found a patron in Tom Craig, a Glasgow industrialist. From the mid '60s, he spent periods in a psychiatric hospital, Sunnyside Hospital, Arbroath which limited his artistic output. Between 1963 and the early '80s, he produced very little art, but then towards the end of his life did paint again. Angus Neil died in 1992.

This self-portrait is undated.


Purchased in 1981.
Artist © Estate of the Artist (2008)
Overall: Height: 28.1 cm, Width: 18.7 cm
Acc. No. ABDAG000573

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