Richard Demarco

(b. 1930)

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(1930– )

Scottish painter, printmaker, dealer, entrepreneur, writer, lecturer, and broadcaster, a many-sided and outspoken character who has done much to promote modern art in Scotland. He was born in Edinburgh and studied there at the College of Art, 1949–54. His work as an artist—mainly in the form of watercolours and prints—is fairly conventional, and he is considered of much greater significance for his other activities. From 1966–92 he ran the Richard Demarco Gallery in Edinburgh, (1966–92) and he organized many exhibitions at the Edinburgh Festival, introducing the work of numerous avant-garde artists, notably Joseph Beuys, to British audiences. In addition, he has acted in feature films (including Bill Forsyth's comedy That Sinking Feeling, 1979), made radio and television broadcasts, and—according to his entry in Who's Who—‘lectured in over 150 universities, art colleges, schools, and art galleries’. In 1993 he became professor of European cultural studies at Kingston University, Surrey, a post he held until 2000. Always unpredictable, he came to the defence of Jack Vettriano, hardly an avant-garde figure, when the latter was accused of plagiarism.

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