Saturday, August 9, 2008

Ken Lochhead

I was really sorry to hear that the artist, Ken Lochhead, had died recently. He travelled all over Scotland to paint landscapes and pictorial maps of different Scottish areas. A print of his "Firth of Clyde" (1997) hangs in our kitchen and it's always interesting to look at as it's so highly detailed.

Ken was born in Milngavie, Glasgow in 1936.
He became interested in painting from an early age and studied architecture at Edinburgh College of Art. He went on to work as an architect for 12 years before becoming a full time artist, working almost exclusively in watercolour. There's surprisingly little about him on the internet, sadly, and scarcely any of his work.

Above: part of the map (click to enlarge a bit - though it may not be enough to read the small print)

UPDATE OCTOBER 2008: Some of his maps like this one are still available at Nicolson Maps of Largs. They aren't on their website but you can ring or write to ask.

Nicolson Maps
3 Frazer Street, Largs, Ayrshire
KA30 9HP, Scotland

Tel & Fax:
From within the UK: (01475) 689242
From abroad: +44 (0) 1475 689242