Broomhill Images

In 2013 McNairn was included in the exhibition - The Border Boys - at the Chambers Institution in Peebles along with work by Earl Haig, Jake Harvey, Wiiiliam Johnstone, Bernat Klein, and David Michie,    The painters are linked by their connection to the Scottish Borders and the landscape.  John McNairn in fact knew each of the other painters: Michie - the son of Anne Redpath - as a boy in Hawick; Johnstone through the the sculptor Alexander Carrick who was the McNairns' next door neighbour in Midlem;  Bernat Klein through Selkirk connections;  Haig and McNairn contributed paintings to many of the same exhibitions in the Borders and were admirers of each other's work.

border boys

Recently, a work by John McNairn has been on show in the exhbition New Acquisitions at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.