The Robson Gallery at Halliwell’s House Museum in Selkirk is hosting an impressive display of paintings inspired by the men who fought, stole and raided during the turbulent period of Borders history between 1300 and 1600.
John Martin, a graduate of Glasgow School of Art, ran his own art gallery in Melrose for many years until his recent retirement to St Boswells.
This exhibition fulfils his long held ambition to devote a series of paintings solely to the portrayal of the Border Reiver – an interest which developed after he designed the logo of the reiver used by Scottish Borders Council to promote the area.
With titles such as ‘The Rescue of Kinmont Willie Armstrong’ and ‘Live by the Sword, die by the Sword’, John Martin’s paintings bring history to life. His attention to detail and painstaking research of costumes and weapons makes the display informative as well as entertaining. His portraits also include wonderful renderings of sturdy Galloway horses which carried these infamous men into battle.
Reivers: Men of Steel, is a unique exhibition which will appeal to both young and old. It is also a visually stunning record of stories which have been passed down through the centuries in legends, ballads and songs. It runs until July 3.
Halliwell’s House Museum, Market Place, Selkirk
Open: Mon – Sat, 11am – 4pm, Sun, 12pm – 3pm