Glasgow-born artist Ian Elliot was awarded gold and bronze medals for art on four successive occasions before attending Glasgow School of Art. Thereafter, he trained in the teaching profession and became the Head of Art and Design at King's Park Secondary School in Glasgow for 16 years. Ian left teaching in 1997 to devote himself totally to the pursuit and development of his own artistic career.
Now Elliot visits, and gains much inspiration from, the island of Mallorca and Italy and France, sharply contrasting environments from that of his native shores. He is known for incorporating the strong colours of the Mediterranean in all his landscapes, these vibrant unmuddied colours that draw in the viewer.
"Traveling extensively throughout Scotland and the continent I’m forever fascinated by the visual imagery I encounter on reaching my destined ports of call. Each day presents a fresh source of locations, of movement, colour, rhythm and pattern. These, coupled with a free flow of imaginative translation, have provided me with material to create a fusion of life, of shimmering colours, distinctive buildings of the land, and abstract expressionistic vistas"