Joe Fan

Artist Biography

The oil on canvas or indeed graphite on handmade paper are Joe's favoured mediums to express his imagination. They provide, like a playground does for a child, the place to create a playful narratives and journeys. Joe doesn't like to write about or explain his practice, as with all work the interpretation is in the eye of the beholder however words are not needed as his painting provides a joyful journey, enchanting the mind and spirit. They cleverly connect human condition with nature, exploring hope,despair, growth and renewal.

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 place at Gray’s, one of his teachers was Gordon Bryce.  Following graduation in 1988, Joe won the Miller Homes Young Scottish Artist of the Year, and was sent to Paris to spend time at the Cite Internationale des Arts from 1989-1990.

From 1990-1997, Joe returned to Aberdeen and became a Lecturer at Gray’s School of Art in Drawing and Painting. During this period, Joe also spent time as a visiting Lecturer at Cyprus College of Art, Paphos in 1994.

In 1997, Joe gave up his role as a Lecturer to pursue his own full time career as an artist.  Joe continues to live and work in Aberdeen.

Selected Exhibitions 

SOLO SHOWS

1989

Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris

1989

Peacock Artspace, Aberdeen

1991

Compass Gallery, Glasgow

1991

Thackeray Rankin Gallery, London

1994

Royal Overseas League, London and Edinburgh

1995/’96/’99

Rendezvous Gallery, Aberdeen

2000-2012 

Thackeray Gallery, London

2005

Rendezvous Gallery, Aberdeen

2007

Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

2011

Fraser Gallery, St. Andrews

2014

Thackeray Gallery, London

 AWARDS

1985

Rank Xerox Selected National Competition, (1st Prize) Commonwealth Section

1987

Wood Group Young Artists Award, (1st Prize)

1988

Carnegie Travelling Scholarship (Royal Scottish Academy) - Miller Home Young Scottish Artist Award

1993

Royal Overseas League National Art Competition, (1st Prize)

1994

The Guthrie Award, R.S.A

1995

The Morrison Portrait Award, (1st Prize)

1997

Portland Gallery Award, R.S.A Annual Exhibition

1998

Noble Grossart Painting Competition, (3rd Prize)

2002

Shell Expo Premier Award, Aberdeem Artists Society, (1st Prize)

2003

Elected Associate of the Royal Scottish Academy

2004

The Sir William Gillies Bequest, Royal Scottish Academy

2009

Aberdeen Artist Society Annual Exhibition, (2nd Prize)

2010

John Maxwell Travelling Scholarship, R.S.A - Aberdeen Artists Society Annual Exhibition, (3rd Prize)

2012

Meffan Winter Exhibition, (1st Prize)

2012

Aberdeen Artists Society Annual Exhibition, (Commended)

 SELECTED GROUP SHOWS

1985

Rank Xerox Marlow Art Collection, National Theatre, London

1986

Grays Sketch Club Student Exhibition, Aberdeen Art Gallery; Wood Group Young Artist Competition, Artspace, Aberdeen

1987/1988

Royal Scottish Academy Student Exhibition, Edinburgh

1988

New Generation Artists, Compass Gallery; Richard Demarco Print Exhibition, Edinburgh

1989

Grays Former Students Exhibition, Aberdeen Art Gallery

1990

Wild Boar Gallery & Restaurant, Aberdeen

1990-2012

Aberdeen Artists Society Annual Exhibition, Aberdeen Art Gallery

1991

Royal Society of Watercolourists, Annual; Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Art Annual Exhibition

1991,1992

Sue Rankin Gallery, London

1992

Aberdeen International Youth Festival, Aberdeen Art Gallery

1993

Royal Overseas Annual Exhibition, London; Ten Years of WASPS, Aberdeen Art Gallery

1993-1995

Scottish Society of Artists Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh

1993, ‘95

Morrison Portrait Exhibition, R.S.A, Edinburgh

1994-2010

’13 Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh

1995

Scottish Society of Artists Selected Touring Exhibition, Piers Art Centre, Orkney

1996

WASPS Studio Artists Aberdeen, Peacock Gallery, Aberdeen

1996-1998

Noble Grossart Painting Competition Exhibition, RSA, Edinburgh

1997

Festival Exhibition, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

1997, ’98

Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

1998

Hunting Art Prizes Exhibition, Royal College of Art; ‘On a Grand Scale’, John Martin Gallery, London

1999

Northern Lights, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh; Gallery 44, with Thackeray Gallery, Suffolk; ‘Connections’, RSA, Edinburgh; Noble Grossart Exhibition, RSA, Edinburgh & Glasgow School of Art

1999-2011

LAF with Thackeray Gallery, London

1999-2014

Gallery Artists, Thackeray Gallery, London

2010

Jerwood Drawing Competition Travelling Exhibition

2012

Meffan Winter Exhibition, Forfar

2014

The Lyth Arts Centre, Wick; Enclosures, Elsewhere, The Lion & Lamb Gallery, London

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

The Scottish Arts Council Collection; Rank Xerox The Marlow Art Collection; Miller Homes Art Collection; Aberdeen Royal Infirmary; Grays School of Art; Aberdeen Art Gallery; Unilever Art Collection, (London); Jones Day (London); Soho Hotel, (London); Ham Yard, (London), and Crosby Street Hotel, (New York), as well as numerous Private Collections.