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AS studied History of Architecture at the University of Edinburgh (1974-1978) and attended the postgraduate Advanced Painting course at St.Martin’s School of Art in London (1978-79).
One-person exhibitions have included the Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh (2021), the Briggait, Glasgow (2018), Galerie Weissraum, Kyoto (2013), the Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh (2005) and the Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh (2002).
Work has been included in many group exhibitions, most recently in Scottish Art: People, Places, Ideas (Edinburgh, City Art Centre, 2015), Drawn Away Together (Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh, 2013), abstractcritical’s Newcomer Awards 2012 (King’s Place, London), Beyond Appearances (Edinburgh, City Art Centre 2007) and the John Moores 23 (Liverpool 2004). It is represented in the collections of the University of Edinburgh and the City of Edinburgh Art Centre.
He received awards from the Scottish Arts Council, one of them a 12-month bursary,and was awarded a writing residency in 2011 by abstractcritical.com. Published writings have included reviews of the Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman catalogues raisonné.
On the Practice of Painting
Anything can be painted without representation (Agnes Martin)
I prefer to make art with the simplest of means, with clarity and economy – nothing lacking, nothing superfluous. Simplicity and directness in themselves have always provided me with the right path.
What also interests me is painting which I would describe as open-ended, which seems to expose the mechanisms of painting itself, or brings into question its own conventions, in such a way that what is left is some aesthetic essential. There can be something exhilarating about arriving at this essence: to see it in other art is an experience of clarity and lucidity.
The goal is to have exactly what is necessary to achieve the work, no more, no less.
1981 CONTEMPORARY ABSTRACTION Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh
1984 OFFSHORE (NEUE MALEREI AUS ENGLAND) Kunstlerwerkstatt, Munich/ Stadtische Galerie, Regensburg
1999 ABSOLUT OPEN Inverleith House, Edinburgh
2004 DIRECTOR’S CHAIR Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
2004 JOHN MOORES 23 Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
2006 NEW EDITIONS/SCOTLAND International Print Centre, New York
2007 BEYOND APPEARANCES Edinburgh City Art Centre
2009 THE EDINBURGH SCHOOL OF PAINTING Lemon Street Gallery, Truro
2010 ABSTRACT MATTERS, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
2012 ABSTRACTCRITICAL: NEWCOMER AWARDS 2012 Kings Place, London
2012 MARK OF BEAUTY Union Gallery, Edinburgh
2013 DRAWN AWAY TOGETHER Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh
2015 SCOTTISH ART: PEOPLE, PLACES, IDEAS Edinburgh, City Art Centre
2020 SITUATED: PLACE, ART, COLLECTION from the University of Edinburgh Art Collection: Edinburgh City Art Centre Travelling Gallery, multiple venues across Scotland
2021 SUMMER EXHIBITION Royal Academy, London
2021 A QUIET SETTLING ON EARTH Kingsgate Project Space, London
1986 COLLECTIVE GALLERY, EDINBURGH
1991 369 GALLERY, EDINBURGH
2002 ARCHANGEL, TALBOT RICE GALLERY, UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
2005 INGLEBY GALLERY, EDINBURGH
2006 PEACOCK VISUAL ARTS, ABERDEEN
2009 DOVECOT, EDINBURGH
2013 GALERIE WEISSRAUM, KYOTO
2018 BRIGGAIT PROJECT SPACE, GLASGOW
2021 UNKNOWN QUANTITY (with Paul Keir) PATRIOTHALL GALLERY, EDINBURGH