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 guid new year

Type: Printing block
Categories: Metal, Wood, Engraved
This intriguing piece came with a collection of other small items in a finely decorated box. All were donated by the family of George Bain. It is a small wooden…

A knotty plaque

Type: Plaque
Categories: Wood, Carved
This looks rather like a work in progress or an experimental piece. It doesn’t seem to be quite finished. The design is quite complex for such a small carving and…

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Pen and ink
Birthday present for my niece Nelly, using some old medieval scripts.
Celtic Circle of Life
Paper, Pen and ink
Celtic Circle of Life Inspired by the ancient Celts believed in seven aspects of created life: Plants • Insects • Reptile Fish • Bird • Beast • Human My original…
Angus The Pheasant
Oil paint
Angus the Pheasant, so called because it shares the same attitude as my Westie called Angus. Another Gearge Bain inspired painting. Oil on canvas.
Good News
Symbols of the Four Evangelists with the first verse of their Gospels