Barry McGlashan

Artist Biography

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 painting department until 2005 when he left teaching to pursue painting full time.

In 2001 he was awarded The Alastair Salvesen Scholarship through The Royal Scottish Academy which allowed him to travel in The United States for 3 months. Examples of his work are held in public collections including Aberdeen Art Gallery, The Scottish Society (New York) and The Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh.

In 2019, he was invited to exhibit a special work in the studio of Peter Paul Rubens at the Rubenshuis Museum in Antwerp

Selected Exhibitions 

2019        The Tatha Gallery Award (Society of Scottish Artists/Visual Arts Scotland, Royal Scottish Academy)

2018        The Scottish Gallery Award (Visual Arts Scotland, Royal Scottish Academy)

2018        The W Gordon Smith & Jay Gordonsmith Award (Royal Scottish Academy)

2015        The Open Eye Gallery Award (Visual Arts Scotland, Royal Scottish Academy)

2011        The Cuthbert Award (Royal Glasgow Institute)
               Commendation (Aberdeen Artists Society)

2009        First Prize, The Meffan Winter Exhibition (Meffan Museum, Forfar)

2006        The Meyer Oppenheim Award (Royal Scottish Academy)

2005        The James McBey Travel Award

               Aberdeen Visual Arts Awards Scheme Grant

               Commendation (Aberdeen Artists Society)

2003        The Shell Expro Award (Aberdeen Artists Society)

2001        The Alastair Salvesen Travelling Scholarship - three months study in the USA

               (Royal Scottish Academy)

               The Shell Premier Award (Aberdeen Artists Society)

2000        The Shell Expro Award (Aberdeen Artists Society)

1998         The Guthrie Award (Royal Scottish Academy)

1996        The MacAllan Award (Royal Scottish Academy)
              The John Kinross Scholarship - three months study in Florence

               (The Royal Scottish Academy)                        

1995        The Steele-Cornwall Scholarship (Grays School of Art)

               Grays Former Pupil Award (Grays Former Pupil Society)

1994        The Hector Memorial Prize (Grays School of Art)

               The Wood Group Purchase Prize (Grampian Hospitals Art Trust)

               Aberdeen Art Gallery

               Aberdeen Asset Management (UK & New York)

               Aberdeen City Council

               Alastair Salvesen Trust


               Grampian Hospitals Art Trust

               MacAllan Distilleries (Scotland)

               Paintings In Hospitals (Edinburgh)  

               Professional Footballers Association

               Rubenshuis Museum (Antwerp, loan)

               The Fleming Collection (London)

               The Robert Gordon University (Aberdeen)              

               The Royal Bank Of Scotland (Edinburgh)

               The Royal Scottish Academy (Edinburgh)                  

               The Scottish Society (New York)

               W Gordon Smith & Jay Gordonsmith Trust

               Walter Scott Global Investment Management


2021                Between The Dream And Waking (The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh)

2020                Natura Naturata (John Martin Gallery, London)

2018                Line Of Beauty (John Martin Gallery, London)

2017                The Glass Mountain (The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh)

2016                Mudlarks and Connoisseurs (John Martin Gallery, London)

2014                 The Burning Heart (John Martin Mayfair, London)

                        The Sunken Dream (The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh)

2013                 That Howling Infinite (John Martin Gallery, London)

2012                 We Are Stardust (Smart Gallery, Aberdeen)

                        Quiet Please (Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh)    

2011                 The Secrets (John Martin Gallery, London

2010                 The Whiteness Of The Whale (Foyer Gallery, Aberdeen)

2009                 Somewhere In The North (The Rendezvous Gallery, Aberdeen)

                        Wonderland (John Martin Gallery, London)

2007                New Ways To See The World (The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh)

                        Way Out West (John Martin Gallery, London)

2006                 The Big Country (The Rendezvous Gallery, Aberdeen)

2005                The Great Adventure (John Martin Gallery, London)

2004                Between Journeys (The Rendezvous Gallery, Aberdeen)

                        There And Back Again (Roger Billcliffe Fine Art, Glasgow)

2003                Recent Works (The Rendezvous Gallery, Aberdeen)

2002                Small Town Continuation (The Rendezvous Gallery, Aberdeen)

2001               The Alastair Salvesen Art Scholarship

                       Small Town (The Royal Scottish Academy - The Fettes Gallery, Edinburgh)

2000                New Lands (The Rendezvous Gallery, Aberdeen)

1999               Work on Paper (The Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh)

                       Recent Work (The Rendezvous Gallery, Aberdeen)

1998               New Works (The Rendezvous Gallery, Aberdeen)


2021                Here Come The Suns (Bark Berlin Gallery, Berlin)

                        PPP On Paper (Painters Painting Paintings in coalition with Gallery Climate Coalition, online)

                      The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2021 (Royal Academy, London)
                       Postcards (Galleri Magnus Karlsson, Sweden)

                       The John Moores Painting Prize 2020 (Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool)

2018/19           Rubenshuis (Antwerp, 4 month loan to the studio of Rubens)

2016                Figurative Art Today / Columbia Threadneedle Prize (Mall Galleries, London)

2015                Spring Masters Park Avenue Armory (New York)

2012                Art Toronto (Canada)

2011                Edward Cutler Gallery (Milan, Italy)

2009                The Threadneedle Prize (Mall Galleries, London)

2008                BP Portrait Award (National Portrait Gallery, London)

1996-2014      Chelsea Gallery (Palo Alto, California)
                       The Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition (Edinburgh)
                       John Martin Gallery (London)
                       John Martin Chelsea (London)
                       Affordable Art Fair (New York)
                       20/21 British Art Fair (London)
                       New Acquisitions (Aberdeen Art Gallery)
                      20 Years Of The Alastair Salvesen Scholarship (The Dovecot Gallery, Edinburgh)
                       The Alastair Salvesen Scholarship  (Reunion Show, Royal Scottish Academy)
                       The Festival Show (The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh)
                        The Coaster Project (Transcultural Exchange, 98 global venues)
                       The Morrison Portrait Exhibition (The Royal Scottish Academy)
                       The Islington Art Fair (London)
                       Frame of Mind (The Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh)
                       New Blood (The Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh)
                       Recent Works (A.R.I. Art Gallery, Aberdeen)
                       The Scottish Gallery (Edinburgh)
                       On a Small Scale (The Open Eye Galley, Edinburgh)
                       Artists Alphabet (The Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh)
                       Compass Gallery Christmas show (Glasgow)
                       Roger Billcliffe Gallery (Glasgow)
                       Christmas Show (Peacock Printmakers, Aberdeen)
                       Northern Exposure (The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh)
                       Silver (Peacock Printmakers, Aberdeen)
                       The Royal Glasgow Institute (McLellan Galleries, Glasgow)
                       Contemporary Scottish Art (Napier Gallery, St. Helier)
                       New Generation (Compass Gallery, Glasgow)
                       Viewmount Graduates Show (Stonehaven)
1995-2011      Aberdeen Artists Society Annual Exhibition (Aberdeen Art Gallery)