ABBO rear coverABBO, a group of four artists – Eric Auld, Bill Baxter, Donny Buyers and Bill Ord – were all born in Aberdeen between 1929 and 1931 and have spent their lives in that city.

Eric Auld and Bill Baxter attended Robert Gordon’s College; Donny Buyers and Bill Ord the Grammar School; however, they all met at Gray’s School of Art.

Between 1957 and 1967 ABBO exhibited all over Britain and even in Holland. In 1965 Aberdeen Art Gallery recognised the importance of their work with an exhibition.

This book chronicles the artists’ efforts to have their work exhibited and records their lives and output with many drawings and colour reproductions of their paintings. ABBO, though not always recognised in art circles, were undeniably at the forefront of Scottish painting during the last half of the twentieth century.

Rosemary A Johnson was born in Shetland in 1933 . At the age of seventeen she had her first success as a writer when the BBC accepted a short story for broadcasting. She met her future husband, Bill Baxter, in 1956, the year after graduating from Aberdeen University.

She writes of ABBO and the Aberdeen of the second half of the 20th century as an eyewitness.


Genre: Art, Biography, Librario, Non-fiction
Subjects: ABBO, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Bill Baxter, Bill Ord, Donny Buyers, Eric Auld