There are several artists, both past and present, who have connections with East Renfrewshire. Three of these artists are: William Gemmell, who sculpted 'Robert Burns and Highland Mary'; Marianne Grant, who wrote 'I Knew I Was Painting for my Life'; and John E. Maguire, who painted local scenes of Eaglesham.
William Gemmell was a joiner and sculptor who lived and worked in Eaglesham in the 19th century. John Maguire was an Eaglesham artist who worked in oils and watercolours at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. The artist Marianne Grant, who lived for many years in Newton Mearns, was a survivor of the Holocaust. She survived the occupation of Czechoslovakia, forced labour and imprisonment in the concentration camps.
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