The George Bain Collection
OF CELTIC ART

George Bain (1881-1968) was a Scottish illustrator, watercolourist, designer and art teacher whose vision and advocacy of a living, creative Celtic craft provides an important and influential contribution to continued interest in Celtic and Insular art.

This website gives free access to The George Bain Collection and provides a platform for artists and craftspeople to share and discuss work inspired by the Celtic style.

Held by Groam House Museum, The George Bain Collection is a Recognised Collection of National Significance to Scotland.


From the collection

A slab of history captured

Type: Poster
Categories: Ballpoint pen, Paper, Pencil
This large drawing of the back of the Nigg Pictish cross-slab is full of fascination. It is not just a wonderful artwork. It seems that Bain wanted to set the…

Knotwork box

Type: Box
Categories: Wood, Painted
This small but satisfying design was painted by a pupil at Kirkcaldy High School. It’s one of very few pieces in the collection that can be directly linked to Bain’s…

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They Protect You From Your Nightmares
Acrylic ink, Marker pen, Paper, Pen and ink, Pencil
A pair of wolves protect my friend from her nightmares.
Celtic Belt
Leather
Leather belt hand carved with spirals from George Bain’s book of Celtic art.
Tribute
Crayon, Paper, Pen and ink
A combination of different Celtic patterns in a square.
Leather Tool Roll
Leather
Leather tool roll, custom-made to hold wood carving tools. Hand tooled with spirals inspired by George Bain’s work, it also has hand carved antler buckles.