Ancell Stronach (1901-1981) was a Scottish artist born in Dundee.
He was winner of the Royal Scottish Academy ‘Guthrie Award’ in April 1927 and a member of the Royal Scottish Academy (elected June 1934). He was a student and later Professor of Mural Painting at the Glasgow School of Art. He was a painter of portraits and figure subjects.
Stronach exhibited at the Paris Salon, the Royal Scottish Academy, at the Royal Academy and in Canada, New Zealand and America. His painting ‘Circe’ of a nude sold at Christie’s in London for £13,750 in 2012 and then sold again for £32,500 on 4 September 2014 as part of ‘The Neil Wilson Collection: A Romantic Vision’ (Sale 5928). Stronach was also a mural and church decorator and stained glass designer. Later a stage performer with Ancell and His 40 Painted Pigeons.
A portrait of Ancell Stronach painted by Andrew Law was lost in the fire in the Mackintosh Building at the Glasgow School of Art on 23 May 2014.
Questions about whether the Glasgow School of Art should maintain control of the Mac will be raised at a Scottish parliamentary committee, as criticism mounts over the college’s stewardship of the building
Four experts have been invited to Holyrood to give evidence next week (20 September) on the fire that almost completely destroyed Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s landmark building in June.MSP Joan McAlpine, convenor of the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee, said the session would explore ‘how we got to this point, whether lessons were learned from the past’ and how to move forward. One of the witnesses, Mackintosh expert Roger Billcliffe, told Glasgow’s Evening Times that while he is still considering what he will recommend to MSPs, he believes that using the Mackintosh building as a teaching facility is ‘not reconcilable’.‘The building is a work of art and a museum; it should be treated like one,’ he said. ‘The future of the building should be under consideration and questions over whether it should remain as a school should be asked.’ [ . . . ]
Stabilisation work is under way at the Mackintosh Building as efforts continue to make the fire-hit art school safe.
In the latest update, experts say steel restraints have been installed on the east gable of the Glasgow site, allowing for the replacement of scaffolding.At the west end of the building, the existing scaffolding on the north facade has been cut away, enabling high-level work including the removal of roof steelwork.Work has also begun to make a key area of the ABC O2 building safe so stabilisation of the south facade of the Mackintosh Building can proceed.
Flames tore through the Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed building on June 15, the second devastating fire to hit the art school. The blaze has had a big impact on the local Garnethill community, with locals frustrated that they cannot access their properties to retrieve possessions. A £5 million fund was recently announced by the Scottish Government to help businesses affected by the fire.[ . . . ]