Whole Latto love for art

A retrospective show of paintings, watercolours and drawings by a Scottish artist and musician can now be seen in Berwick.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 13 February, 2016, 10:44
Adam Latto exhibition at Berwick Watchtower Gallery

Adam Latto’s exhibition at the town’s Watchtower Gallery features work of his from through the decades.

Latto was born and educated in Musselburgh, near Edinburgh.

The Midlothian town’s motto is honesty, and that is billedby the West End gallery at Tweedmouth as being something that runs throughout Latto’s work.

After painting throughout his years at secondary school, he attended a night class in art at Musselburgh Grammar School taught by Ronnie Browne, best known as a member of the veteran folk group the Corries.

Although Latto had always been enthusiastic about painting, it was music that beckoned to him most, and he played in jazz bands at venues ranging from the steps of Berwick Town Hall to stages at the Edinburgh International Jazz Festival.

Working in Edinburgh during the late 1950s and 1960s awoke in him a real interest in painting, he recalls, and that awalkening is chronicled by his current exhihibition in Berwick.

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He greatly admired the early drawings of David Hockney, and he bought a painting by John Byrne called Striped Stockings for 16 guineas, a tidy sum in those days, he recalls.

Latto has been the star of one-man exhibitions in Penicuik in Midlothian and Newcastle, as well as two in Musselburgh, and he has also taken part in various mixed shows.

His painting Loch Carron was selected for the prestigious 84th annual exhibition of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours in 1964.

His work will be on display at the Watchtower Gallery until early March.

For further details, call 01289 332953.