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Robert SIVELL 1888 - 1958

ARSA 1918

Biography

Born Paisley, Robert Sivell studied at Glasgow School of Art and in Paris and Florence. He worked for a time as an engineer and served in the Merchant Navy during the First World War. He helped to found the Glasgow Society of Painters and Sculptors to rival the Royal Glasgow Institute. Exhibitions took place at the McLellan Galleries, but the first exhibition caused a row as many non-members’ works were rejected. Sivell was a close friend of McGlashan, Cowie and Lamont.

 In 1920 he moved to Kirkcudbright, but in 1942 left to join the staff of Aberdeen College of Art, retiring in 1954 after serving as Head of School. He painted portraits and figures in oil and also large-scale murals. He returned to Kirkcudbright in mid 1950s and died in 1958.