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John Gardiner Crawford (b.1941)
Art & Heritage Collections, Robert Gordon University
Painter and teacher, born in Broadsea by Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, older brother of the artist Alistair Crawford. After Fraserburgh Academy he studied at Gray’s School of Art, 1959–64, including a postgraduate year, and at Patrick Allan-Fraser School of Art, Hospitalfield, Arbroath. He was made a member of RSW in 1974, RBA in 1983 and RI in 1984. Among his awards was first prize for painting at Gray’s in 1962; first prize in Scottish Arts Council Open Exhibition in 1969; and Hunting Award, first prize for watercolour, 1982.
Having come from a long line of fishermen, Crawford painted boats and the sea in great detail. His teaching appointments included Dundee College of Education until 1980, when he left to concentrate on painting, although he was artist-tutor at Newbattle Abbey College, Midlothian, 1980–85. His solo exhibitions included William Hardie Ltd, Glasgow, 1993. Scottish Arts Council and Robert Fleming Holdings hold his work. Lived in Arbroath, Angus.
Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)