Ben Uri collection


Artist information

Name Scottie Wilson (1888-1972)

Other name Louis Freeman

Born Glasgow, Scotland

Died London, England

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Born Louis Freeman, Scottie Wilson was a Scottish-Jewish, self-taught ‘outsider’ artist, known for his highly detailed style. After leaving school at the age of 8 to help subsidise his family's meagre income, he later served in the army in India and South Africa, leaving in 1911 but rejoining during the First World War. Afterwards he emigrated to Ontario, Canada, where he ran a shop and discovered his passion for art via doodling. He developed a highly personal style and his own characters - ‘evils and greedies’ - whom he juxtaposed with naturalistic symbols of goodness and truth. He began exhibiting in Canada then moved to London, spending his remaining years in Kilburn. His work was admired and acquired by Jean Dubuffet and Picasso.

Object Details

Object type drawing

Medium pen and ink on paper

Materials and techniques ink | pen (medium) paper (support)

Unframed 27.5 x 36.6 cm

Framed 42.6 x 51 cm

Signed signed, bottom right: Scottie

Acquisition gift from Mr and Mrs Robert Lewin 1987

Accession number 1987-428

Display status not on display



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