A stunning legacy by artists known also for their scenes of the west coast of Scotland
Henry Edward ('Ted') Odling (1921-2007) and Elizabeth Jamieson (1924-2003) met at the Glasgow School of Art in 1949, married in 1952, and lived and worked on the west coast of Scotland throughout their long careers as artists. In 2011, their three children, Noelle, Christopher and Nicholas published "Ted and Elizabeth Odling, Artists of the West of Scotland", a lovingly-told and lavishy-illustrated homage (ISBN 978-0-9558690-7-5, 96 pp.).
Ted was a landscape painter, in watercolours, oils and pastels. He was also keenly interested in science and technology and combined his artistic background with advances in optics, photography, film and music. Elizabeth won the Newbery Medal as top student of her year at GSA in 1945 and her work is marked by a close attention to detail. They left behind them a large body of highly varied work, including paintings, drawings, prints, embroidery, patchwork quilts, sculptures and musical instruments.
Throughout their careers, Ted and Elizabeth often worked as a team, for example, producing murals for Irvine Burns Club in 1965 (see below), for the visitors' centre at Culzean in 1972-73, for the Burns Museum at Alloway in 1983-86 (now displayed at Irvine Burns Club, see below), and (sadly no longer in existence) for Chatelherault (near Glasgow) in 1986-87. In 1981, they moved to Lismore on Argyll where they spent 25 years working as freelance artists.