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Portrait of Stromness
WORK OF THE WEEK:
Ian MacInnes
 Island Moon, 1955

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© the artist's estate Ian MacInnes (1922-2003) grew up and spent his working life in Orkney, as a teacher and artist.  He studied at Gray’s School of Art returning each summer to Stromness to paint and exhibit his work.  There are few houses in Stromness that do not possess a landscape or seascape by MacInnes. He was a familiar sight with his easel, both in the town itself and at Yesnaby, often protected from the weather seated in his Lada.  He was a lifelong friend of the poet George Mackay Brown, illustrating George’s first collection of verse, as well as his three children’s books and designing dust jackets for many of his novels. He was one of the founders of the Orkney Fisherman’s Society and was at the forefront of the anti-nuclear movement in Orkney.  As art teacher at Stromness Academy, MacInnes provided support and encouragement to Sylvia Wishart which continued once she had left school in 1953.  It was his persistence and assistance in these few years that eventually led Sylvia to compile a portfolio of work and make her application to art school.  

© the artist's estate

Ian MacInnes (1922-2003) grew up and spent his working life in Orkney, as a teacher and artist.  He studied at Gray’s School of Art returning each summer to Stromness to paint and exhibit his work. 

There are few houses in Stromness that do not possess a landscape or seascape by MacInnes. He was a familiar sight with his easel, both in the town itself and at Yesnaby, often protected from the weather seated in his Lada. 

He was a lifelong friend of the poet George Mackay Brown, illustrating George’s first collection of verse, as well as his three children’s books and designing dust jackets for many of his novels.

He was one of the founders of the Orkney Fisherman’s Society and was at the forefront of the anti-nuclear movement in Orkney. 

As art teacher at Stromness Academy, MacInnes provided support and encouragement to Sylvia Wishart which continued once she had left school in 1953.  It was his persistence and assistance in these few years that eventually led Sylvia to compile a portfolio of work and make her application to art school.