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Alasdair Gray is a perfect example of a Scottish artist. His work is complex, ambitious in scale, and original. This is characteristic of Scottish art.

The exhibition of painting by John Bellany in the Royal Scottish Academy is another example exactly following this pattern.

Walter Scott, Hugh MacDiarmid and Ian Hamilton Finlay were all alike in the way they had to stand head and shoulders above their international contemporaries and pay for it with their own health and well-being.

How artistic directors from another culture can attempt to generate such commitment in future Scottish artists is beyond me.

Iain WD Forde