Chris J Fergusson (Chris Stark)

The life and works of a Dumfries & Galloway artist

Chronology

1876

Born, 14 September, Dumfries

1881 – 1893

Studied at Dumfries Academy

1894 – 1900

Travelled on the Continent and attended Crystal Palace School of Art, London.

1900 – 1907

Student and Teacher, at Glasgow School of Art.

1903

Engaged to David Fergusson.

 

Travelled to Belgium and Holland

1904

Diploma from Glasgow School of Art.

1905 – 1906

Teaching at Kirkcudbright Academy and at Glasgow School of Art.

1907

Principal Art Mistress, Glasgow High School for Girls.

1908

Married, August, David Fergusson.

 

Honeymoon in Brittany, France.

 

Settled in Maxwelltown, Dumfries.

1910

Daughter Nan, born, May.

1914

Daughter Margaret, born August.

1921

Son, John born.

1922

Co-founder Dumfries and Galloway Fine Art Society.

1923

Painted in the East Neuk of Fife.

1924

Solo Exhibition of her works at St John’s Hall, Dumfries.

1928

Elected S.S.A (Society of Scottish Artists)

1933 – 1939

Painted on the Isle of Arran and in Berwickshire, Lauder award winner, Glasgow Society of Lady Artists, 1933, 1938 and 1954.

1941

Death of husband David, March

1945

Death of son, John ,18 February on active service.

1947

Exhibited at S.S.A. Pall Mall, London, October.

1952

Exhibited 116 of her works at St John’s Hall, Dumfries, August.

1954

Exhibition of 36 paintings at Gracefield Art Centre, Dumfries.

1957

Died, 5 January, Dumfries

1982

Glasgow Society of Lady Artists’ Centenary Exhibition Collins Gallery, Glasgow, and Fine Arts Society, Edinburgh.

1986

Retrospective Exhibition, The Old Town Mill, Maxwelltown, Dumfries.

Retrospective Exhibition, Broughton House, Kirkcudbright.

1993

“Five Red Herrings” Exhibition, Edinburgh International Festival, Forrest McKay Gallery, Edinburgh.

1996

John Stephens Gallery, Edinburgh, Exhibition, “From Kate Wylie to Anne Redpath”.

2000

“Bringing The Kirkcudbright Artists Home”, Exhibition, Kirkcudbright.

McGill Duncan Gallery, Castle Douglas, Exhibition of “The Kirkcudbright School”.

Bourne Fine Art, Edinburgh.

2001

Retrospective Exhibition, The Harbour Gallery, Kirkcudbright.

 

2002

Retrospective Exhibition, Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries (134 works)

Retrospective Exhibition, Whithorn Museum, George Street, Whithorn.

 2007 Dorothy L. Sayers Exhibition, Kirkcudbright and Gatehouse of Fleet.
 2009 Home Again Exhibition, Town Hall, Kirkcudbright
 2010 The Glasgow Girls, Town Hall, Kirkcudbright and Glasgow School of Art.