The Arts

Viola Paterson


Viola was born in Helensburgh in 1899, daughter of famous Glasgow Architecture and Artist Alexander Nisbet Patterson and Margaret Hamilton. Viola was one of two children, her brother Alastair Hamilton Paterson entered the army and eventually rose to the rank of Major General.

Archibald Peddie

Archibald Peddie

Archibald Peddie was born in Helensburgh on the 15th August 1917, and whilst not as well known as many other Scots born artists he can be said to have made a genuine contribution to the 20th Century Scottish school. His work easily identified through the use of strong colours and bold confident brush strokes.

George Rickey

George Rickey Kinetic Sculptor and Helensburgh Hero

Rickey was born on June 6, 1907 in South Bend, Indiana. When Rickey was a child, his father, an executive with Singer Sewing Machine Company, moved the family to Helensburgh.

Randolph Schwabe

Randolph Schwabe helensburgh

Randolph Schwabe was born on the 9th May 1885, at Alsbach House, Barton, Lancashire. Randolph was one of two sons, Eric being the eldest; of a Manchester cotton merchant Lawrence Schwabe, a cotton manufacturer whose father had emigrated from Germany in 1820, and his wife, Octavie Henriette.

Educated at a private school in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, and although not coming from a notably artistic family, Randolph Schwabe showed a remarkable talent for drawing from an early age. He could best be described as a precocious child

Louise Scullion

Louise Scullion

Louise was born in Helensburgh in 1966. She graduated in 1988 with a BA (1st Class Hons) in Environmental Art, from Glasgow’s School of Art.