Sam Skelton was born in Glasgow in 1949 and began his career as a graphic designer. He studied at Glasgow School of Art and as demand for his paintings has grown he has concentrated on art full-time. Skelton’s subjects are nostalgic evocations of Scotland’s industrial past: working class heroes, a couple on a park bench, children at play, and groups of men in dark overcoats watching football. The influence of the great industrial painter J S Lowry is clear and Skelton’s paintings are suffused with the dark, low light of Scotland in winter often with the factory roof on the horizon line. Skelton exhibits in Glasgow, London and Dublin.