Bob Batchelor

  1929 - 2010 Bob Batchelor was born and brought up in Georgetown, Guyana.  He was the son of a Guyanese mother and a Scottish father.  He came to Scotland in 1946, aged 18, to study Drawing and Painting at Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen, and apart from a brief return...

David Henderson

  David Henderson studied Design & Craft (Printmaking) at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen.  He was awarded a George Davidson Travelling Scholarship, Scottish Arts Council Young Artists Bursary and was appointed as a professional member of The Royal Scottish Society of...

Allan Watson

b. 1960 Born Blairgowrie, Allan Watson studied sculpture at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, graduating in 1986.  Watson’s work takes influence from his formative experiences of the land and rural life, concerned with our changing relationship with tools, the...

Frances Walker

  Born in Kirkcaldy in 1930, she studied at Edinburgh College of Art and then took up a post as visiting teacher of art in the Western Isles in 1956. This experience reinforced her life long love of wild and desolate places and her desire to depict isolated panoramas...

Mike McPherson

McPherson graduated from Gray's school of Art in 2008 as a mature student and since then has exhibited in various galleries throughout Scotland.  His paintings tend to be small in scale, which he feels better captures the intimacy of nostalgic Scotland which he...

James Furneaux

1935 - 2013 Furneaux’s work is recognised for his interesting depictions of Aberdeen’s architectural landmarks.  The artist had a long and prolific career and was a key individual in the city’s creative communities, having drawn the topography of Aberdeen for over...

Ade Adesina

  b. 1980 Nigerian-born Adesina studied at Gray’s School of Art, graduating in 2012. Upon graduating, he participated in the school’s Graduate in Residence programme before going on to exhibit widely across the UK.  Adesina’s work takes influence from his African...

Ruth Beardsworth

b. 1943 Ruth Beardsworth was born in Bremen, Germany. She graduated with a BA (Hons) Fine Art from Preston Polytechnic in 1979. This was followed by an MA in Printmaking at Manchester Polytechnic in 1980. She has worked as a lecturer at Gray's School of Art in...

Reinhard Behrens

b. 1951 Born in Germany, Behrens studied Drawing and Painting at Hamburg College of Art 1971 – 1979.  Later, when studying at Vienna Academy of Art, he was awarded a academic exchange grant which allowed him to complete a Postgraduate Course in Drawing and Painting at...

John Bellany

  1942 – 2013 John Bellany was one of the most acclaimed and prolific artists of his generation.  Developing his powerful and unique mode of figuration at a time when abstraction was the favoured style within painting, Bellany combined elements of Expressionism,...

J. Gordon Brown

  Brown was born in Edinburgh and studied at Gray’s School of Art.  He was best known for his work which utilised diffused colour to emotive effect, creating interesting contrasts between chromatic opposites and tonal variations.  These images are abstractions,...

Robbie Bushe

  b. 1964 Born in Liverpool in 1964, Bushe grew up in Aberdeenshire, before graduating in Painting at Edinburgh College of Art in 1990.  He taught painting at Gray’s School of Art, and became Head of Fine Art at University of Chichester.  Bushe moved back in Scotland...

Donald Buyers

1930 - 2003 Buyers studied at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen.  Following an upsurge of tuberculosis after the Second World War, art therapists were introduced and, after graduating, Donald became the first to be employed in the Aberdeen hospitals. He found the work...

Joyce W Cairns

  b. 1947 Joyce W Cairns was born and brought up in Edinburgh. She studied painting at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen from 1966 -71, The Royal College of Art, London 1971 -74. She was awarded a Fellowship at Gloucester College of Art and Design 1974-75 returning to...

Robert Callender

1932 – 2011 Robert Callender was born in Kent, where his father was an engineer and boatbuilder on the Thames. For six decades he worked as an artist in Scotland, studying medical illustration in Edinburgh, and then painting at Edinburgh College of Art from 1954 to...

Maggie Clyde

b. 1952 Maggie Clyde, born in Glasgow in 1952, trained both at the Edinburgh College of Art and the Royal College of Art, London. Her work is in several collections in Britain including, Sheffield City Art Galleries and Sainsbury Collection, Norwich. She has won...

Doug Cocker

b. 1945 Doug Cocker is a contemporary sculptor who is based and works in Scotland. Born in Perthshire in, Cocker has built up an international reputation with his work exhibited in both public and private collections in Britain and North America. After studying at...

Andrew Cranston

b. 1969 Andrew Cranston was born in Hawick in the Scottish Borders in 1969. He studied at Manchester Polytechnic 1989-90, Gray’s school of Art Aberdeen 1990-3 and the Royal College of Art London 1994-6. He divides his time between Glasgow and Aberdeen – where he has...

Bel Cowie

1943 - 1983 Bel Cowie was born in Dundee.  She trained at Gray’s School of Art and later at Ceramische Fachschule, Berne.  She occasionally painted in oil but mostly water-based mediums, and is probably best known for her screenprints.  Her work often reveals her...

Dalziel + Scullion

  Dalziel born 1957, Scullion born 1966 Matthew Dalziel and Louise Scullion have worked together since 1993. Matthew studied Sculpture and Photography at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Glasgow School of Art and Louise studied Environmental Art at Glasgow...

Harvey Daniels

1936 - 2013 London-born artist Harvey Daniels had a long career; lecturing at Brighton College of Art, then moving on to make artwork full-time, participating in many exhibitions.  Eventually, he moved to a studio in France where he continued to develop his work....

Richard Demarco

  b. 1930 Richard Demarco is a prolific artist and promoter of the visual and performing arts.  Demarco was a co-founder of the Traverse Theatre.  After three years he left to open the Demarco Gallery which would prove to be instrumental in creating cultural links...

Andrew Dewar

b. 1944 Andrew S Dewar is a painter, printmaker and teacher, born in Dundee. He studied art at Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen 1962-66, and has exhibited with the Royal Scottish Academy, Scottish Print Open, and with the long established Aberdeen Artists Society, of...

Kate Downie

b. 1958 Kate Downie was born in America of British parentage, but returned to live in the North East of Scotland at the age of 7. She studied Fine Art at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, including post graduate studies.  Her work often describes a point in the land...

Lennox Dunbar

b. 1952 Lennox Dunbar studied at Gray’s School of Art. Dunbar’s studio practice involves no definite plan for a work, but allows ideas to emerge organically and spontaneity plays a key role.  A knowledge and understanding of grammar and language of art and a series of...

Sandra Emslie

Sandra Emslie began teaching art in primary schools before attending Gray’s School of Art as a mature student in 1990.  She takes influence from a variety of subject matter yet tends to be interested in using the elements of colour and pattern to evoke rather than to...

Joe Fan

b. 1962 Joe Fan, born in Hong Kong in 1962, came to Scotland to study Graphic Design at Aberdeen College of Commerce.  He was then advised by an Aberdeen College lecturer to apply for a place at Gray's School of Art to study Fine Art.  After successfully gaining a...

Ian Fleming

1906 – 1994 Ian Fleming played an important role in the Scottish art world, contributing with his own influential practice and a lifetime of teaching.   He was born in Glasgow and studied at Glasgow School of Art, developing his work as a painter whilst also becoming...

Alexander Fraser

    b. 1940 Sandy Fraser was born in Aberdeen and studied at the city’s Gray’s School of Art under the tutelage of the then Head of Painting, Henderson Blyth (he then went on to take this post himself).  Over his long career, Sandy Fraser’s work has spanned many...

Neil Gall

  b. 1967 Neil Gall was born in Aberdeen and completed his BA (Hons) at Gray’s School of Art, before then going on to study at Slade School of Art in 1991. Gall’s work includes a range of mediums – painting, collage, photography, assemblage, drawing and sculpture. ...

Ian Howard

b. 1952 Ian Howard was born in Aberdeen and moved to study at Edinburgh College of Art.  Upon leaving art school, Howard was granted awards and residencies enabling him to continue his practice before he returned to Aberdeen to teach at Gray’s School of Art.  In his...

Peter Howson

b. 1958 Born in London, Peter Howson moved to Scotland at a young age and went on to study at Glasgow School of Art.  Under the tuition of Sandy Moffat, Howson pursued his artistic career and developed his recognisable style of figurative painting.  Howson’s early...

Jane Hyslop

Jane Hyslop studied painting at Edinburgh College of Art.  She is fascinated by the decline of man-made sites and the subsequent repopulation of the space by flora.  As industries fail, such as mining, these areas become derelict, yet often the land can become...

John Inglis

b. 1953 Inglis’ painting can be seen to share common ground with the work of other artists who populated the Aberdeen area and the Scottish east coast; notably his teachers at Gray’s, Sylvia Wishart and Bill Littlejohn, and also artists like Ian McKenzie-Smith. The...

John Johnstone

b. 1941 John Johnstone was born in Forfar and trained at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art 1959-64, where he was highly commended, receiving a major travelling scholarship to visit European Capitals. On his return, he became a part time lecturer at Duncan of...

Tracey Johnston

b. 1970 An artist specialising in painting and collage, Johnston founded Claremont Gallery in Aberdeen in 2010.  Initially a small family run studio-gallery, Claremont expanded to a full programme of both emerging and established artists, as well as creative classes...

Elspeth Lamb

Elspeth Lamb studied at Glasgow School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University and the Tamarind Institute of Lithography, University of New Mexico USA, her main specialism being printmaking.  Her skill as a printmaker has been acknowledged in the form of many...

Kate Leiper

Leiper studied at Gray’s School of Art, specialising in printmaking.  Although formally trained in a fine art context, she swiftly moved towards a unique illustrative style, driven by her lifelong passion for traditional folk tales.  Influenced by Renaissance artists,...

William Littlejohn

  1929 – 2006 A skilled draughtsman, Littlejohn often worked with still-lifes and the landscape – often combining the two in interesting, ambiguous works.  The unique quality of light of the east coast of Scotland was a constant source of inspiration for Littlejohn,...

Norman Mathieson

Mathieson’s work is characterised by his exploration of shape and composition, often constructing pictures in a linear way with flat areas of colour.  The focus shifts within these works, usually drawing upon everyday images such as buildings and still-lifes, with...

Roy Wood

Born in London, Roy Wood studied printmaking at the Royal College of Art.  In 1967 he co-founded Edinburgh Printmakers and went on to teach at Edinburgh College of Art for thirty years.  Working in the mediums of drawing, painting and printmaking, Wood cites among his...

Sylvia Wishart

  1936 – 2008 Born and raised in Stromness, Orkney, Wishart left school and began working in a post office before being convinced to study at Gray’s School of Art as a mature student. Wishart has been hailed as one of Scotland’s finest contemporary landscape painters,...

Peter Wilson

b. 1940 Educated Glasgow School of Art 1960-64 Working primarily in the mediums of paint, print and photography, Wilson’s work has developed from abstract images to figurative and representational paintings based on events and experiences from his life.  His...

Arthur Watson

b. 1951 Trained at Gray’s School of Art in Printmaking and Printed Textiles and went on to become a founding member of Peacock Printmakers (now Peacock Visual Arts). Working usually in print-based media and three-dimensional installation, Watson is interested in the...

Michael Waight

Waight is currently Peacock Visual Arts’ master printmaker and has spent the past twenty-one years collaborating with dozens of celebrated artists; Ralph Steadman, Barbara Rae, Frances Walker and Donald Urquhart are among them.  Alongside this he has maintained his...

Colin Thoms

1912 – 1997 Thoms had a long teaching career.  After retiring, he becoming increasingly known for his witty and inventive abstract paintings, collages and prints; Thoms had an intuitive approach to his work, and created a colourful and poetic dream world. As a...

Graeme Swanson

Graeme Swanson is an Edinburgh-based artist, mostly working in the fields of painting, drawing and printmaking.  Graduating from Gray’s School of Art, Swanson has gone on to become a Professional Member of the Society of Scottish Artists (SSA) and Aberdeen Artists...

Anna Shirron

b. 1985 Shirron’s work centres on themes of beauty and ugliness, employing pattern and a decorative approach to deal with more challenging subject matters.  Her work consists mainly of painting and intricate paper-cut installations.  Since graduating from Gray’s...

Pat Semple

b. 1939 Born in Kintyre, Semple went on to study at Edinburgh College of Art.  The main source for her work comes from the idea of spirituality and the human need to find meaning.  As people search for patterns and symbols in their lives, Semple too is searching...

Teresa Sciberras

b. 1979 Sciberras was born in Nigeria but then grew up in Malta and Scotland.  The artist studied at Gray’s School of Art, and now works and exhibits internationally. Sciberras’ work is concerned with exploring the physical and mental structures we use to make sense...

Linda Schwab

b. 1960 Schwab’s training in Fine Art has led her to pursue a career both as an artist and a consultant in the field of Public Art since 2003.  Producing work which is mostly site-specific, Schwab has installed these pieces in both commercial and non-commercial...

Ron Sandford

Sandford’s work is defined by his incredible draughtsmanship in drawings which are full of life and character.  Typically, Sandford uses very little in the way of colour – relying on the pencil or pen and ink to create interesting variations in surface, line and...

Ross Ryan

Ross Ryan grew up in the small fishing village of Crinan on Scotland's west coast. In 1997 he graduated from Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen. Since then he has travelled widely, adapting his work to suit the various and often complex environments.   Although a...

Hugh Rowson

b. 1946 Rowson’s interest lies in objects, bringing them to life through a variety of mediums.  Rowson juxtaposes various techniques from fluid watercolour to detailed pen and ink drawings of architectural subjects.  Through use of strong, meaningful pattern and...

Cameron Ross

Working in the Printmaking department at Gray’s School of Art, Ross’ practice is embedded in the language of printmaking and drawing, as well as diversifying into other fields.  Of particular interest to the artist are objects; ceramics, multiples, found items and...

Barbara Robertson

Graduated from Duncan of Jordantsone College of Art and Design. Usually working in linocut, Robertson’s subjects are often found in agricultural settings; hay bales, golden fields, sheep, chickens and farm cats.  The artist does take inspiration from other sources,...

Ian Robertson

b. 1957 Robertson’s interest in the art of the numerous cultures he has encountered whilst travelling has been a significant influence to his own artwork.  Over time he has developed a personal visual language based on these cultural experiences, creating work which...

Geoff Roberts

b. 1953 Roberts trained in fine art as both a sculptor and printmaker, graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1978.  His body of work is quite eclectic, as a result of his ongoing work as a studio jeweller.  Design work for him also provides an interesting...

Gabrielle Reith

Gabrielle Reith is an artist, illustrator and maker based in Scotland. Her work is the magical world of ‘Small Stories’ where every piece tells a tale. She makes elaborate pen & ink drawings that evolve into beautiful stories based on her & her children’s imagination,...

John Paul Raine

b. 1948 Raine entered Gray’s School of Art as a mature student and when he left took on a number of different jobs, including teaching posts at Aberdeen College and Gray’s, whilst continuing to make work and exhibit throughout Scotland. Raine’s work is characterised...

Barbara Rae

b. 1943 Rae’s energetic, gestural and colourful approach to painting has been her hallmark as a distinguished Scottish artist.  The idea of place is significant for Rae; traces and patterns  left on the landscape are of thematic interest, but also provide a starting...

Doug Prosser

Prosser’s work has developed from his practice as a painter of traditional landscapes to a more abstract/surrealist approach.  The artists’ latest exhibition ‘Curious Creations’ was hosted by GHAT at His Majesty’s Theatre in 2015. The work in Curious Creations was...

Evelyn Pottie

b. 1945 After graduating from Gray’s School of Art, Pottie pursued a career as an artist printmaker and has also undertaken roles tutoring.  The artist has been based in Inverness where she has become a significant part of the cultural community, assisting with the...

David Pettigrew

b. 1948 After completing a post-graduate degree at Gray’s School of Art, Pettigrew embarked on a scholarship to Italy before working as a secondary school teacher in the Aberdeen area.  In 2002, he established ‘Masterpiece Art Studio’ with wife and fellow-artist Jane...

Jane Pettigrew

b. 1951 After completing a post-graduate degree at Gray’s School of Art, Pettigrew has worked in a number of art-teaching roles.  In 2002, she established ‘Masterpiece Art Studio’ with husband and fellow-artist David Pettigrew in order to focus on their creative...

Jon Pengelly

Lecturer/Researcher in Design at Robert Gordon University Pengelly undertook a Master’s degree in Printmaking at The Royal College of Art, graduating in 1989. Although originally training in Fine Art, the artist’s work frequently pushes the boundaries of these...

Jim Pattison

b. 1955 Pattison studied Architecture at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, for one year before transferring in 1974, to the Drawing and Painting Department where he graduated.  After graduating he underwent an art teaching course, although he maintained...

Toby Paterson

b. 1974 Paterson studied at Glasgow School of Art.  Finding inspiration in what might seem the most unpromising of places, including the concrete landscapes of post-war housing schemes and the decaying remains of utopian building projects, Paterson’s work stems from...

Thérèse Oulton

b. 1953 Oulton has been painting since her years at St Martins (1976-79) then the Royal College of Art (1980-83). Her first groundbreaking and controversial exhibition of large scale oil paintings, Fool’s Gold (1984) took a critical position towards both abstraction...

Martin Nelson

b. 1948 Working in the Mearns area of Aberdeenshire, Nelson graduated from Gray’s School of Art with his MFA in 2008. The process of making is an integral part of his practice; employing ideas from mathematics and geometry with an aesthetic sensibility to create works...

Mary Modeen

Mary Modeen is an artist and interdisciplinary academic who makes art and writes. She is a senior lecturer at DJCAD, University of Dundee and leads the Master of Fine Art (MFA) in Art and Humanities. Modeen’s research practice has several threads: perception as a...

Milan Milojevic

b. 1964 Born in Tasmania, Milojevic gained his degree in printmaking from the Tasmanian School of Art in 1976 where he is currently Senior Lecturer in Charge, Printmaking Studio. Within his artistic practice he creates imagined landscapes in which bizarre, hybrid...

Edwin Mickleburgh

An award winning photographer film-maker and writer, Mickleburgh was a member of the British Antarctic Survey from 1968-1971, subsequently visiting Antarctica frequently until the late 80’s and making documentary films for the BBC and ITV. He wrote a book Beyond the...

Andrew McMorrine

b. 1948 McMorrine’s work is tied closely to the places he has lived and the people in his life.  He studied at Glasgow School of Art graduating diploma of Art in 1970. With roots in Galloway and Colonsay, he has gone on to live and teach in Glasgow, South Uist and...

Ian McKenzie-Smith

b. 1935 Born in Montrose, McKenzie-Smith studied at Gray’s School of Art and then at Hospitalfield in Arbroath from 1953-58.  He was granted a travelling scholarship in 1959 which took him to Paris where he met the Japanese artist, Kenzo Okada, and first encountered...

Tom MacKenzie

Living and working on the Isle of Skye, the printmaker Tom MacKenzie is renowned for his colour etchings of the island and the West Coast of Scotland.  The visual richness of Skye - the jagged coastlines and monolithic rock formations; the wild island sea and the...

John McLean

b. 1939 McLean’s father was a painter, whose later work was influenced by Abstract Expressionism, although McLean himself had studied art history at university and was largely self-taught as an artist.  His father’s work may have had an influence, as the artist...

Barry McGlashan

b. 1974 Born and raised in Aberdeen on the North East coast of Scotland, Barry McGlashan studied painting at Grays School of Art graduating in 1996 with first class honours. In 1998 he returned to Grays School of Art where he continued to teach in the drawing and...

Malcom McCoig

Malcom McCoig studied design at Glasgow School of Art.  This education led him into a career in the arts industry, becoming a lecturer in Design at Gray’s School of Art for around 30 years.  McCoig remained an engaged figure in the creative community within Aberdeen,...

Chad McCail

b. 1961 Chad McCail studied English at the University of Kent before obtaining a BA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths, University of London in 1989.  His interest in literature and communication appear frequently in his work, which recalls the kind of visual information...

GHAT Art Collection:

Over 4000 Artworks On Exhibition Across NHS Grampian

The GHAT Art Collection comprises of artworks either commissioned or purchased over the past 30 years. Artwork is on rotational display across all 34 NHS Grampian main sites. This service is intrinsic to our original focus and fundamental to our relationship with people and places. In 2014 we relocated the Art Collection store within Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. NHSG Staff are invited to the store to view artwork which creates a dialogue around its use and display. This has allowed us to involve NHSG staff in the curatorial process of organising exhibitions, which has had an extremely positive effect in communicating the Art Collection as a valuable cultural asset, and offers a behind-the-scenes insight into the work we do.

 

Artwork Donation Policy

Due to capacity and an audit of the GHAT Art Collection, we are not currently accepting donations, though if you would like advice regarding your artwork please get in touch and we will assist where possible.

Contact Fraser MacDonald at fraser.macdonald@nhs.net

Featured exhibitions

The September Issue

New group exhibition in The Suttie Arts Space.

Sally Duguid | Grids, continued…….

New exhibition in The Small Gallery, ARI

Incidental Interiors by Rachel Barron and Anna Shirron

New exhibition in The Suttie Arts Space

Coastline | Catherine King

New exhibition at His Majesty’s Theatre

Liz Green | In the Woods

New exhibition in The Small Gallery, ARI

Creature Comforts by Pester & Rossi

The new exhibition in The Suttie Arts Space

Artists

Artists who have work within the GHAT Art Collection are categorised alphabetically by surname – please click on a letter link below. 

 

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N  |  O  |  P   Q  |  R  |  S  |  T  |  U  |  V  |  W  |  X  |  Y  |  Z

Chad McCail

b. 1961 Chad McCail studied English at the University of Kent before obtaining a BA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths, University of London in 1989.  His interest in literature and communication appear frequently in his work, which recalls the kind of visual information...

Malcom McCoig

Malcom McCoig studied design at Glasgow School of Art.  This education led him into a career in the arts industry, becoming a lecturer in Design at Gray’s School of Art for around 30 years.  McCoig remained an engaged figure in the creative community within Aberdeen,...

Barry McGlashan

b. 1974 Born and raised in Aberdeen on the North East coast of Scotland, Barry McGlashan studied painting at Grays School of Art graduating in 1996 with first class honours. In 1998 he returned to Grays School of Art where he continued to teach in the drawing and...

John McLean

b. 1939 McLean’s father was a painter, whose later work was influenced by Abstract Expressionism, although McLean himself had studied art history at university and was largely self-taught as an artist.  His father’s work may have had an influence, as the artist...

Tom MacKenzie

Living and working on the Isle of Skye, the printmaker Tom MacKenzie is renowned for his colour etchings of the island and the West Coast of Scotland.  The visual richness of Skye - the jagged coastlines and monolithic rock formations; the wild island sea and the...

Ian McKenzie-Smith

b. 1935 Born in Montrose, McKenzie-Smith studied at Gray’s School of Art and then at Hospitalfield in Arbroath from 1953-58.  He was granted a travelling scholarship in 1959 which took him to Paris where he met the Japanese artist, Kenzo Okada, and first encountered...

Andrew McMorrine

b. 1948 McMorrine’s work is tied closely to the places he has lived and the people in his life.  He studied at Glasgow School of Art graduating diploma of Art in 1970. With roots in Galloway and Colonsay, he has gone on to live and teach in Glasgow, South Uist and...

Edwin Mickleburgh

An award winning photographer film-maker and writer, Mickleburgh was a member of the British Antarctic Survey from 1968-1971, subsequently visiting Antarctica frequently until the late 80’s and making documentary films for the BBC and ITV. He wrote a book Beyond the...

Milan Milojevic

b. 1964 Born in Tasmania, Milojevic gained his degree in printmaking from the Tasmanian School of Art in 1976 where he is currently Senior Lecturer in Charge, Printmaking Studio. Within his artistic practice he creates imagined landscapes in which bizarre, hybrid...

Mary Modeen

Mary Modeen is an artist and interdisciplinary academic who makes art and writes. She is a senior lecturer at DJCAD, University of Dundee and leads the Master of Fine Art (MFA) in Art and Humanities. Modeen’s research practice has several threads: perception as a...

Martin Nelson

b. 1948 Working in the Mearns area of Aberdeenshire, Nelson graduated from Gray’s School of Art with his MFA in 2008. The process of making is an integral part of his practice; employing ideas from mathematics and geometry with an aesthetic sensibility to create works...

Thérèse Oulton

b. 1953 Oulton has been painting since her years at St Martins (1976-79) then the Royal College of Art (1980-83). Her first groundbreaking and controversial exhibition of large scale oil paintings, Fool’s Gold (1984) took a critical position towards both abstraction...

Toby Paterson

b. 1974 Paterson studied at Glasgow School of Art.  Finding inspiration in what might seem the most unpromising of places, including the concrete landscapes of post-war housing schemes and the decaying remains of utopian building projects, Paterson’s work stems from...

Jim Pattison

b. 1955 Pattison studied Architecture at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, for one year before transferring in 1974, to the Drawing and Painting Department where he graduated.  After graduating he underwent an art teaching course, although he maintained...

Jon Pengelly

Lecturer/Researcher in Design at Robert Gordon University Pengelly undertook a Master’s degree in Printmaking at The Royal College of Art, graduating in 1989. Although originally training in Fine Art, the artist’s work frequently pushes the boundaries of these...

Jane Pettigrew

b. 1951 After completing a post-graduate degree at Gray’s School of Art, Pettigrew has worked in a number of art-teaching roles.  In 2002, she established ‘Masterpiece Art Studio’ with husband and fellow-artist David Pettigrew in order to focus on their creative...

David Pettigrew

b. 1948 After completing a post-graduate degree at Gray’s School of Art, Pettigrew embarked on a scholarship to Italy before working as a secondary school teacher in the Aberdeen area.  In 2002, he established ‘Masterpiece Art Studio’ with wife and fellow-artist Jane...

Evelyn Pottie

b. 1945 After graduating from Gray’s School of Art, Pottie pursued a career as an artist printmaker and has also undertaken roles tutoring.  The artist has been based in Inverness where she has become a significant part of the cultural community, assisting with the...

Doug Prosser

Prosser’s work has developed from his practice as a painter of traditional landscapes to a more abstract/surrealist approach.  The artists’ latest exhibition ‘Curious Creations’ was hosted by GHAT at His Majesty’s Theatre in 2015. The work in Curious Creations was...

Barbara Rae

b. 1943 Rae’s energetic, gestural and colourful approach to painting has been her hallmark as a distinguished Scottish artist.  The idea of place is significant for Rae; traces and patterns  left on the landscape are of thematic interest, but also provide a starting...

John Paul Raine

b. 1948 Raine entered Gray’s School of Art as a mature student and when he left took on a number of different jobs, including teaching posts at Aberdeen College and Gray’s, whilst continuing to make work and exhibit throughout Scotland. Raine’s work is characterised...

Gabrielle Reith

Gabrielle Reith is an artist, illustrator and maker based in Scotland. Her work is the magical world of ‘Small Stories’ where every piece tells a tale. She makes elaborate pen & ink drawings that evolve into beautiful stories based on her & her children’s imagination,...

Geoff Roberts

b. 1953 Roberts trained in fine art as both a sculptor and printmaker, graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1978.  His body of work is quite eclectic, as a result of his ongoing work as a studio jeweller.  Design work for him also provides an interesting...

Ian Robertson

b. 1957 Robertson’s interest in the art of the numerous cultures he has encountered whilst travelling has been a significant influence to his own artwork.  Over time he has developed a personal visual language based on these cultural experiences, creating work which...

Barbara Robertson

Graduated from Duncan of Jordantsone College of Art and Design. Usually working in linocut, Robertson’s subjects are often found in agricultural settings; hay bales, golden fields, sheep, chickens and farm cats.  The artist does take inspiration from other sources,...

Cameron Ross

Working in the Printmaking department at Gray’s School of Art, Ross’ practice is embedded in the language of printmaking and drawing, as well as diversifying into other fields.  Of particular interest to the artist are objects; ceramics, multiples, found items and...

Hugh Rowson

b. 1946 Rowson’s interest lies in objects, bringing them to life through a variety of mediums.  Rowson juxtaposes various techniques from fluid watercolour to detailed pen and ink drawings of architectural subjects.  Through use of strong, meaningful pattern and...

Ross Ryan

Ross Ryan grew up in the small fishing village of Crinan on Scotland's west coast. In 1997 he graduated from Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen. Since then he has travelled widely, adapting his work to suit the various and often complex environments.   Although a...

Ron Sandford

Sandford’s work is defined by his incredible draughtsmanship in drawings which are full of life and character.  Typically, Sandford uses very little in the way of colour – relying on the pencil or pen and ink to create interesting variations in surface, line and...

Linda Schwab

b. 1960 Schwab’s training in Fine Art has led her to pursue a career both as an artist and a consultant in the field of Public Art since 2003.  Producing work which is mostly site-specific, Schwab has installed these pieces in both commercial and non-commercial...

Teresa Sciberras

b. 1979 Sciberras was born in Nigeria but then grew up in Malta and Scotland.  The artist studied at Gray’s School of Art, and now works and exhibits internationally. Sciberras’ work is concerned with exploring the physical and mental structures we use to make sense...

Pat Semple

b. 1939 Born in Kintyre, Semple went on to study at Edinburgh College of Art.  The main source for her work comes from the idea of spirituality and the human need to find meaning.  As people search for patterns and symbols in their lives, Semple too is searching...

Anna Shirron

b. 1985 Shirron’s work centres on themes of beauty and ugliness, employing pattern and a decorative approach to deal with more challenging subject matters.  Her work consists mainly of painting and intricate paper-cut installations.  Since graduating from Gray’s...

Graeme Swanson

Graeme Swanson is an Edinburgh-based artist, mostly working in the fields of painting, drawing and printmaking.  Graduating from Gray’s School of Art, Swanson has gone on to become a Professional Member of the Society of Scottish Artists (SSA) and Aberdeen Artists...

Colin Thoms

1912 – 1997 Thoms had a long teaching career.  After retiring, he becoming increasingly known for his witty and inventive abstract paintings, collages and prints; Thoms had an intuitive approach to his work, and created a colourful and poetic dream world. As a...

Michael Waight

Waight is currently Peacock Visual Arts’ master printmaker and has spent the past twenty-one years collaborating with dozens of celebrated artists; Ralph Steadman, Barbara Rae, Frances Walker and Donald Urquhart are among them.  Alongside this he has maintained his...

Arthur Watson

b. 1951 Trained at Gray’s School of Art in Printmaking and Printed Textiles and went on to become a founding member of Peacock Printmakers (now Peacock Visual Arts). Working usually in print-based media and three-dimensional installation, Watson is interested in the...

Peter Wilson

b. 1940 Educated Glasgow School of Art 1960-64 Working primarily in the mediums of paint, print and photography, Wilson’s work has developed from abstract images to figurative and representational paintings based on events and experiences from his life.  His...

Sylvia Wishart

  1936 – 2008 Born and raised in Stromness, Orkney, Wishart left school and began working in a post office before being convinced to study at Gray’s School of Art as a mature student. Wishart has been hailed as one of Scotland’s finest contemporary landscape painters,...

Roy Wood

Born in London, Roy Wood studied printmaking at the Royal College of Art.  In 1967 he co-founded Edinburgh Printmakers and went on to teach at Edinburgh College of Art for thirty years.  Working in the mediums of drawing, painting and printmaking, Wood cites among his...

Norman Mathieson

Mathieson’s work is characterised by his exploration of shape and composition, often constructing pictures in a linear way with flat areas of colour.  The focus shifts within these works, usually drawing upon everyday images such as buildings and still-lifes, with...

William Littlejohn

  1929 – 2006 A skilled draughtsman, Littlejohn often worked with still-lifes and the landscape – often combining the two in interesting, ambiguous works.  The unique quality of light of the east coast of Scotland was a constant source of inspiration for Littlejohn,...

Kate Leiper

Leiper studied at Gray’s School of Art, specialising in printmaking.  Although formally trained in a fine art context, she swiftly moved towards a unique illustrative style, driven by her lifelong passion for traditional folk tales.  Influenced by Renaissance artists,...

Elspeth Lamb

Elspeth Lamb studied at Glasgow School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University and the Tamarind Institute of Lithography, University of New Mexico USA, her main specialism being printmaking.  Her skill as a printmaker has been acknowledged in the form of many...

Tracey Johnston

b. 1970 An artist specialising in painting and collage, Johnston founded Claremont Gallery in Aberdeen in 2010.  Initially a small family run studio-gallery, Claremont expanded to a full programme of both emerging and established artists, as well as creative classes...

John Johnstone

b. 1941 John Johnstone was born in Forfar and trained at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art 1959-64, where he was highly commended, receiving a major travelling scholarship to visit European Capitals. On his return, he became a part time lecturer at Duncan of...

John Inglis

b. 1953 Inglis’ painting can be seen to share common ground with the work of other artists who populated the Aberdeen area and the Scottish east coast; notably his teachers at Gray’s, Sylvia Wishart and Bill Littlejohn, and also artists like Ian McKenzie-Smith. The...

Jane Hyslop

Jane Hyslop studied painting at Edinburgh College of Art.  She is fascinated by the decline of man-made sites and the subsequent repopulation of the space by flora.  As industries fail, such as mining, these areas become derelict, yet often the land can become...

Peter Howson

b. 1958 Born in London, Peter Howson moved to Scotland at a young age and went on to study at Glasgow School of Art.  Under the tuition of Sandy Moffat, Howson pursued his artistic career and developed his recognisable style of figurative painting.  Howson’s early...

Ian Howard

b. 1952 Ian Howard was born in Aberdeen and moved to study at Edinburgh College of Art.  Upon leaving art school, Howard was granted awards and residencies enabling him to continue his practice before he returned to Aberdeen to teach at Gray’s School of Art.  In his...

Neil Gall

  b. 1967 Neil Gall was born in Aberdeen and completed his BA (Hons) at Gray’s School of Art, before then going on to study at Slade School of Art in 1991. Gall’s work includes a range of mediums – painting, collage, photography, assemblage, drawing and sculpture. ...

Alexander Fraser

    b. 1940 Sandy Fraser was born in Aberdeen and studied at the city’s Gray’s School of Art under the tutelage of the then Head of Painting, Henderson Blyth (he then went on to take this post himself).  Over his long career, Sandy Fraser’s work has spanned many...

Ian Fleming

1906 – 1994 Ian Fleming played an important role in the Scottish art world, contributing with his own influential practice and a lifetime of teaching.   He was born in Glasgow and studied at Glasgow School of Art, developing his work as a painter whilst also becoming...

Joe Fan

b. 1962 Joe Fan, born in Hong Kong in 1962, came to Scotland to study Graphic Design at Aberdeen College of Commerce.  He was then advised by an Aberdeen College lecturer to apply for a place at Gray's School of Art to study Fine Art.  After successfully gaining a...

Sandra Emslie

Sandra Emslie began teaching art in primary schools before attending Gray’s School of Art as a mature student in 1990.  She takes influence from a variety of subject matter yet tends to be interested in using the elements of colour and pattern to evoke rather than to...

Lennox Dunbar

b. 1952 Lennox Dunbar studied at Gray’s School of Art. Dunbar’s studio practice involves no definite plan for a work, but allows ideas to emerge organically and spontaneity plays a key role.  A knowledge and understanding of grammar and language of art and a series of...

Kate Downie

b. 1958 Kate Downie was born in America of British parentage, but returned to live in the North East of Scotland at the age of 7. She studied Fine Art at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, including post graduate studies.  Her work often describes a point in the land...

Andrew Dewar

b. 1944 Andrew S Dewar is a painter, printmaker and teacher, born in Dundee. He studied art at Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen 1962-66, and has exhibited with the Royal Scottish Academy, Scottish Print Open, and with the long established Aberdeen Artists Society, of...

Richard Demarco

  b. 1930 Richard Demarco is a prolific artist and promoter of the visual and performing arts.  Demarco was a co-founder of the Traverse Theatre.  After three years he left to open the Demarco Gallery which would prove to be instrumental in creating cultural links...

Harvey Daniels

1936 - 2013 London-born artist Harvey Daniels had a long career; lecturing at Brighton College of Art, then moving on to make artwork full-time, participating in many exhibitions.  Eventually, he moved to a studio in France where he continued to develop his work....

Dalziel + Scullion

  Dalziel born 1957, Scullion born 1966 Matthew Dalziel and Louise Scullion have worked together since 1993. Matthew studied Sculpture and Photography at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Glasgow School of Art and Louise studied Environmental Art at Glasgow...

Bel Cowie

1943 - 1983 Bel Cowie was born in Dundee.  She trained at Gray’s School of Art and later at Ceramische Fachschule, Berne.  She occasionally painted in oil but mostly water-based mediums, and is probably best known for her screenprints.  Her work often reveals her...

Andrew Cranston

b. 1969 Andrew Cranston was born in Hawick in the Scottish Borders in 1969. He studied at Manchester Polytechnic 1989-90, Gray’s school of Art Aberdeen 1990-3 and the Royal College of Art London 1994-6. He divides his time between Glasgow and Aberdeen – where he has...

Doug Cocker

b. 1945 Doug Cocker is a contemporary sculptor who is based and works in Scotland. Born in Perthshire in, Cocker has built up an international reputation with his work exhibited in both public and private collections in Britain and North America. After studying at...

Maggie Clyde

b. 1952 Maggie Clyde, born in Glasgow in 1952, trained both at the Edinburgh College of Art and the Royal College of Art, London. Her work is in several collections in Britain including, Sheffield City Art Galleries and Sainsbury Collection, Norwich. She has won...

Robert Callender

1932 – 2011 Robert Callender was born in Kent, where his father was an engineer and boatbuilder on the Thames. For six decades he worked as an artist in Scotland, studying medical illustration in Edinburgh, and then painting at Edinburgh College of Art from 1954 to...

Joyce W Cairns

  b. 1947 Joyce W Cairns was born and brought up in Edinburgh. She studied painting at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen from 1966 -71, The Royal College of Art, London 1971 -74. She was awarded a Fellowship at Gloucester College of Art and Design 1974-75 returning to...

Donald Buyers

1930 - 2003 Buyers studied at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen.  Following an upsurge of tuberculosis after the Second World War, art therapists were introduced and, after graduating, Donald became the first to be employed in the Aberdeen hospitals. He found the work...

Robbie Bushe

  b. 1964 Born in Liverpool in 1964, Bushe grew up in Aberdeenshire, before graduating in Painting at Edinburgh College of Art in 1990.  He taught painting at Gray’s School of Art, and became Head of Fine Art at University of Chichester.  Bushe moved back in Scotland...

J. Gordon Brown

  Brown was born in Edinburgh and studied at Gray’s School of Art.  He was best known for his work which utilised diffused colour to emotive effect, creating interesting contrasts between chromatic opposites and tonal variations.  These images are abstractions,...

John Bellany

  1942 – 2013 John Bellany was one of the most acclaimed and prolific artists of his generation.  Developing his powerful and unique mode of figuration at a time when abstraction was the favoured style within painting, Bellany combined elements of Expressionism,...

Reinhard Behrens

b. 1951 Born in Germany, Behrens studied Drawing and Painting at Hamburg College of Art 1971 – 1979.  Later, when studying at Vienna Academy of Art, he was awarded a academic exchange grant which allowed him to complete a Postgraduate Course in Drawing and Painting at...

Ruth Beardsworth

b. 1943 Ruth Beardsworth was born in Bremen, Germany. She graduated with a BA (Hons) Fine Art from Preston Polytechnic in 1979. This was followed by an MA in Printmaking at Manchester Polytechnic in 1980. She has worked as a lecturer at Gray's School of Art in...

Ade Adesina

  b. 1980 Nigerian-born Adesina studied at Gray’s School of Art, graduating in 2012. Upon graduating, he participated in the school’s Graduate in Residence programme before going on to exhibit widely across the UK.  Adesina’s work takes influence from his African...

James Furneaux

1935 - 2013 Furneaux’s work is recognised for his interesting depictions of Aberdeen’s architectural landmarks.  The artist had a long and prolific career and was a key individual in the city’s creative communities, having drawn the topography of Aberdeen for over...

Mike McPherson

McPherson graduated from Gray's school of Art in 2008 as a mature student and since then has exhibited in various galleries throughout Scotland.  His paintings tend to be small in scale, which he feels better captures the intimacy of nostalgic Scotland which he...

Frances Walker

Born in Kirkcaldy in 1930, she studied at Edinburgh College of Art and then took up a post as visiting teacher of art in the Western Isles in 1956. This experience reinforced her life long love of wild and desolate places and her desire to depict isolated panoramas and landscapes.

Allan Watson

b. 1960 Born Blairgowrie, Allan Watson studied sculpture at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, graduating in 1986.  Watson’s work takes influence from his formative experiences of the land and rural life, concerned with our changing relationship with tools, the...

David Henderson

  David Henderson studied Design & Craft (Printmaking) at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen.  He was awarded a George Davidson Travelling Scholarship, Scottish Arts Council Young Artists Bursary and was appointed as a professional member of The Royal Scottish Society of...

Bob Batchelor

  1929 - 2010 Bob Batchelor was born and brought up in Georgetown, Guyana.  He was the son of a Guyanese mother and a Scottish father.  He came to Scotland in 1946, aged 18, to study Drawing and Painting at Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen, and apart from a brief return...