Aiken, John Macdonald, RSA

1880 – 1961

Born in Aberdeen, the son of a carpenter, he worked initially as an apprentice draughtsman in a granite merchant's office. He then studied at Gray's School of Art and at the Royal College of Art, South Kensington having won a scholarship. Worked for a period in London but then returned to his native Aberdeen. He was Head of Gray's School of Art between 1911 and 1914. From 1914 - 1918 he served in the Royal Engineers. He exhibited at the RSA Annual Exhibitions from 1905 until 1959. In addition to his paintings, mainly portraits, he also produced a large amount of etchings and stained glass designs. He became an Associate Member of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1923 and became an Academician in 1936.

An image from the RSA collection.