Adam Bruce Thomson: The Quiet Path

One of the impactful artists of his generation, the work of Edinburgh artist, Adam Bruce Thomson is explored at the City Art Centre’s new exhibition.

Adam Bruce Thomson, picture of Stormy Sea, c.1963.
Adam Bruce Thomson, Stormy Sea, c.1963. City Art Centre, Museums & Galleries Edinburgh. © the artist’s estate (Photo Antonia Reeve)
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New Town

11th May - 6th October
Free entry

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Arranged over two floors of the City Art Centre, this will be the first ever major retrospective on Thomson to be held in a public gallery.

Born in Edinburgh, Adam Bruce Thomson (1885-1976) exhibited widely and was well-respected by his peers, receiving an OBE in 1963. However, as a naturally modest individual, his understated approach often denied him the spotlight. To date, his contribution to 20th century Scottish art remains largely unexplored. This major exhibition aims to bring this talented artist back to public attention.

Drawing in pastels, and painting in oils and watercolours, his subject-matter spanned portraiture, still life, architecture and landscape themes. The display will chart Thomson’s extensive career, from his early student compositions to the evocative Scottish landscapes of his maturity.

A number of events will be running as part of the exhibition, including workshops, digital tours (including a BSL tour), lectures and talks. Some of these require advance online booking.

An escalator and lift provide easy access to all floors, with an accessible toilet on the ground floor. There is a gift shop on the ground floor as well as Mimi’s Bakehouse, which is open daily for coffee, cake and an all-day brunch menu.

For more information see Adam Bruce Thomson: The Quiet Path.

Adam Bruce Thomson, Painting of The Road to Ben Cruachan
Adam Bruce Thomson, The Road to Ben Cruachan (Discovered Pass through the Hills), 1930s, oil on canvas