William Spurway

Painting & Drawing / Mixed Media / Printmaking • Orange Route

I seek to convey the essence of place particularly experienced in the early morning half-light or late evening. Paintings and prints are developed in oil and mixed media, drypoint, monoprint and carborundum.

Images of studio
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My Practice

Before beginning a new body of work, I walk in and observe my chosen landscape. This is an intense period of observation and reflection before final ideas are formulated and paintings, drawings and prints begin. In this way I can observe a landscape and its elements in its many moods; how it is affected by weather patterns, and the seasons, aiming to capture something of the particular atmosphere of each site in the final work.

Tools & Materials

My studio in the beautiful Crichton grounds is in an historic building which was previously part of the Royal Crichton Farm. In 2013 I founded and now lead the studio co-operative here, currently comprising twelve artists and makers working across a variety of disciplines.

I work primarily in oils on canvas but also use mixed media and make reed-pen and ink drawings. I make intaglio prints and enjoy the carborundum printing process for the rich, velvety effects it produces.

Examples of work
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Spring Fling Activity

Jo Shennan and I will be running free monoprint workshops for children and young people aged six and over creating images using natural forms. No experience necessary. Drop in between 1 and 2pm daily.

Spring Fling Friends Offer

A postcard pack for each Friend of work by Solway Studio artists.

Studio 66


Solway House Studios, The Crichton. Bankend Road, Dumfries, DG1 4TA



There is parking directly outside with no curb or obstructions. Entrance into the studio building is up a wheelchair friendly low ramp. All studios are open access without doors or changes in floor level.

  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Disabled Parking


  • Toilet
  • Family Friendly
  • Parking (40 spaces)
  • Open through the year by appointment

Visiting my studio

We will be operating a one-way system through the studio building which will be clearly sign posted. We aim to offer a relaxed and interesting visit to Solway Studios where you will be able to see a variety of work and disciplines from participating artists.

Evening Openings


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