Suilven I

56 x 82cm
Alexander Moffat OBE RSA

Gouache on paper

This mountain in Sutherland is one of the most distinctive and recognisable in the Scottish Highlands.  It is an honour to present Moffat’s studies in his late style, of the mountain in varying light conditions. Suilven is his ‘Mont St Victoire’.

‘Because it’s so different from painting a portrait, painting a landscape becomes an enjoyable experience…another kind of painting, freer, and unburdened. The landscapes, or landmarks I‘m attracted to usually have some kind of emblematic potential…from my studio window I can see Arthur’s Seat, Salisbury Crags, Calton Hill. The crags and rocks of Edinburgh speak of history and therefore confer identity….In Sutherland, Suilven…and in Italy, the Apuan Alps. These are perhaps my most pure landscapes…they don’t need people. And it is possible to make a landscape painting that carries additional meaning, as Poussin and Caspar David Friedrich demonstrated.’ – Alexander Moffat