The George Bain Collection

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 belt hand carved with spirals from George Bain’s book of Celtic art.
Crayon, Paper, Pen and ink
A combination of different Celtic patterns in a square.
Leather Tool Roll
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.