We are delighted to announce the recent acquisition of 3 portraits by the wonderfully talented Tom McKendrick. Tom is a Scottish artist who was born and raised in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire. In 2012 he decided to mark the approaching centenary of the First World War by painting one hundred portraits of men and women who have served their country.
Above: Portrait of Corporal James Smith
The title of his series is simply called Soldiers and features several former and serving members of The Royal Regiment of Scotland. With the generous support of the National Fund for Acquisitions and Art Fund we were able to purchase three of Tom’s portraits for the Museum Collection.
Above: Portrait of WO2 Terry Lowe
The paintings purchased by the Museum feature WO2 Terry Lowe, Colour Sergeant Craig Sharp MC and Corporal James Smith respectively. These 3 portraits along with other work from Tom’s Soldiers series will be going on display at Clydebank Museum in early November and it’s hoped they can be loaned out to other Scottish museums and galleries in 2019 and beyond.
Above: Portrait of Colour Sergeant Craig Sharp MC
If you would like to hear the soldiers above talk about their experiences and give their opinions on their portraits, please click on the links below.
Further information on the Soldiers series can be found on the artist’s website (please click the link below).