Arts & Culture

A giant painting hidden away in alcove of Kelvindale bungalow seeks a new home

By Ian Marland at

You could say artist Annette Edgar has been running out of space.

Now the West End-based painter is looking for a new home for a huge canvas of a running man which she created in 1990.

The painting, called Spirit, measures six feet by four feet.

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Outpaced: the giant canvas measures six feet by four feet. Photo credit: Martin Shields

It was created as part of a series of paintings of runners which Edgar made to work her way through the aftermath of the death of her older sister, Jenny, in 1987.

The Glasgow School of Art-trained artist has hung the painting in an alcove on the landing of her bungalow in Kelvindale, hidden away from public view.

She explains: “Around the same time I had just begun to exhibit professionally, my sister suddenly died. She had been in a wheelchair since the age of 12 and suffered from severe rheumatoid arthritis age.

“I kept thinking about how limited her life has been but a friend kept saying to me, ‘Annette, now she can run and swim and dance. She is free.’

“That was the starting point for a major series of paintings of runners which continued until the late 1990s.

“They were large vibrant and positive works embodying energy and spirit.

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Trained: Annette learned her skills at the Glasgow School of Art. Photo credit: Martin Shields

“Most of these major works were purchased by companies and institutions.

“The series culminated with this large painting, which has been part of my collection all this time and sits on my upper stairway.

“I’d now like it to be seen in a bigger space and would consider selling it.

“I’ll be giving ten per cent of any sale to Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS).”

The Herald’s art critic, Jan Patience, has described the painting as a ‘hidden jewel which pulses with lifeblood and energy’.

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Good causes: If the painting sells a slice of the price will go to charity. Photo credit: Martin Shields

“Annette Edgar is a one-off. She is small of stature but a giant of a painter; a modern Scottish colourist who is also a superb draftswoman. She emerged from the Glasgow school of Art during a golden era of painting and despite being dogged by ill-health herself, she continues to paint up a storm.

“This painting should really find a home in a major public collection so that the public can enjoy it for generations to come.”

Annette Edgar is holding a viewing of this and other works in her home in Kelvindale, Glasgow, during the weekend of 1/2/3 June. See for more details.