Two original paintings by Scottish artist Stephen Shankland, featuring iconic views of the Old Course at St Andrews Links, have gone on sale ahead of the 150th anniversary of the Open Championship in July.


The paintings illustrate the famous 17th green of the Old Course with the Road Hole Bunker and of golfers teeing off at the 18th hole looking over the Swilcan Bridge back toward the R&A Clubhouse.

Stephen Shankland has enjoyed a decorated career as a portrait painter and last year Kingdom magazine hired the Scotsman to paint a portrait of Arnold Palmer for the legendary golfer’s 80th birthday. 


Kevin Liddle, merchandise manager at St Andrews Links Golf Shops, said: “Stephen’s paintings capture the beauty and atmosphere of the Old Course beautifully.

“These paintings and prints will make for a very special memento for anyone with an interest in golf who has either visited or aspires to visit the Home of Golf.”
 


Golf Monthly’s Fergus Bisset wrote of the paintings, stating: “Stephen has created something unique with his paintings – he’s combined the skills of a portrait painter and those of an expressive colourist to produce golfing images with true character.”

Bisset added: “The players depicted are focused on their games, captured in poses instantly recognisable to the golfer. But around them are beautiful surroundings that Stephen expresses with striking colours and rich texture.”
 


The paintings will retail at five figure sums with prints available for £595. They can be purchased at the Old Course Shop or through phoning 01334 466737. The prints can also be purchased at the shop or online at standrews.org.uk.

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