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John Brown

Artist Biography

My studio in Edinburgh is less than 50 metres from my house, across a pebble path, past a pond full of tadpoles and wild area with Silver Birches. Gardening for me is a happy companion to painting. It is a similar passion and process, albeit a slower one. My morning inspection of the garden leads to the door of my studio, the walls filled with drawings from my travels, the floor littered with collage material, waiting for the Brown magpie to discover a gem that becomes a good starting point.

John Caldwell Brown RSW Born in Scotland in 1945, studied at Glasgow School of Art 1963-8, where he subsequently taught.

He worked as the Director of Arts at many Scottish schools, latterly at the Edinburgh Academy. He now paints full-time and is a long-standing exhibitor at RSW, RSA and RGI, winning many awards including the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Association Residency, which formed the basis of his 2011 exhibition. His work is characterised by a rich and vibrant palette and varied use of oil, mixed media and collage

Selected Exhibitions 

One Person Exhibition

1970 Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow

1979 Moray House, Edinburgh

1992 The Torrance Gallery, Edinburgh

1996 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

Duncan R Miller Fine Arts, London

1976 Duncan R Miller Fine Arts, London

1998 Open Eye gallery, Edinburgh

1999 Duncan R Miller Fine Arts, London

2000 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

Duncan R Miller Fine Arts, London

2001 Song for a Blackbird

The John Davies Gallery, Stow-on-the-Wold

Duncan R Miller Fine Arts, London

2002 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

2003 John Davies Gallery,   Stow-on-the-Wold

Richmond Hill Gallery, London

2004 The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

2005 Duncan Miller Fine Arts, London

Richmond Hill Gallery, London

2006 The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

2007 Duncan Miller Fine Arts, London

2008 Duncan Miller Fine Arts, London

2009 The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

Lemon Street Gallery, Truro

2010 Rendezvous Gallery, Aberdeen

Duncan Miller Fine Arts, London

2011 The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

2014 The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

2015 Stafford Gallery, Wimbledon

2018 The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

2019 Stafford Gallery, Wimbledon

Select Group Exhibitions

1968 Portrait Exhibition, The Compass Gallery, Glasgow

Group Exhibition, the Lillie Gallery, Milngavie

1990 The Chessel Group Festival Exhibition

1991 St Andrews Fine Art Gallery, St Andrews

1995 Art ’95, Business Design Centre, London

Gallery Artists, Duncan R Miller Fine Arts, Glasgow

20th Century British Art Fair, Royal College  of Art, London

Summer Show, The Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

Group Show, The Aberdona Gallery, Scotland

Harmans International, Dumfries, Scotland

Firth Gallery, Edinburgh

1996 - Art ’96, Business Design Centre, London

20th Century British Art Fair, Royal College  of Art, London

The London Art Fair, Armoury House, London

1997- Art ’97, Business Design Centre, London

20th Century British Art Fair Royal College of  Art, London

1999 - Art ’99, Business Design Centre, London

2000- Art ’00, Business Design Centre, London

20th Century British Art Fair, Royal College  of Art, London

2001 - Art 2001

Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

Stenton Gallery, East Lothian, Scotland

Chelsea Art Fair

Glasgow Art Fair

Richmond Hill Gallery, London

20th & 21st  Century British Art Fair, London

2002- Art 2002

Richmond Hill Gallery, London

Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

Green Gallery, Aberfoyle

Thompson’s Gallery, London

Duncan R Miller Fine Arts, London

Art London

20th & 21st  Century British Art Fair, London 

2003- Art 2003

Richmond Hill Gallery, London

Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

Green Gallery, Aberfoyle

Thompson’s Gallery, London

Duncan R Miller Fine Arts, London

20th & 21st   Century British Art Fair, London

2004 - Art 2004

Green Gallery, Aberfoyle

The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

Thompson’s Gallery, London

Duncan R Miller Fine Arts, London

 

2005 - 20th & 21st Century British Art  Fair, London

Duncan R Miller Fine Arts, London

Richmond Hill Gallery, London

Green Gallery, Aberfoyle

 

2006 - The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

20th & 21st Century British Art  Fair, London

Contemporary Art Fair, London

Glasgow Art Fair

MacMillan Cancer Support

St Columba’s Hospice, Edinburgh

Richmond Hill Gallery

Duncan R Miller Fine Arts, London

 

2007 - 20th & 21st Century British Art  Fair, London

Contemporary Art Fair, London

Richmond Hill Gallery

The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

Duncan R Miller Fine Arts, London

Eton Gallery

Glasgow Art Fair

MacMillan Cancer Support

St Columba’s Hospice, Edinburgh

 

2008 - Contemporary Art Fair, London

The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

Contemporary Art Fair, London

Rendezvous Gallery, Aberdeen

Glasgow Art Fair

MacMillan Cancer Support

St Columba’s Hospice, Edinburgh

Sick Kid’s Hospital, Edinburgh

 

2009 - Thompson’s Gallery, London

The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

Duncan Miller Fine Arts, London

Leith School of Art

20th & 21st Century British Art  Fair, London

Glasgow Art Fair

Macmillan Cancer Support, Edinburgh

St Columba’s Hospice, Edinburgh

2010 - London Art Fair

Rendezvous Gallery, Aberdeen

British Art, Isle of Wight

Thompsons Gallery, London

Alresford Gallery

Duncan Miller Fine Art

2011 - Contemporary Art Fair, London

Patricia Sicardi Gallery, Cadeques

Commissions

1969

Mural for Craigie College of Education

Portrait of Hugh McDiarmid

1970

Portraits of the Chairman of British Steel and two Royal  Archers

1972

Portrait of Viscount Arbuthnot

1978

Portrait of Chenevix-Trench

1971-93

2010

Set Designs for over 25 School Productions

Prestigious Print commissioned by Art in Healthcare

 

Awards 

1967

Royal Academy – Landscape Studentship Award

Royal Scottish Academy – Maclaine Watters Bronze Medal

1968

Glasgow School of Art – Post Diploma Exhibition – Highly  Commended

Royal Scottish Academy – Carnegie Travelling Scholarship

Glasgow School of Art – Cargill Travelling Scholarship

1969

Travelling Scholarship to European countries

1970

Royal Glasgow Institute of fine Arts – James Torrance  Award

1993

Society of Scottish Artists and Artists Craftsmen – Arts  Club Award

Society of Scottish Artists and Artists Craftsmen –  Scottish Provident Award

1994

Heinzel Gallery Award

Elected Member of visual Arts Scotland

1996

Elected Member of Royal Scottish Society of Painters in  Watercolour

2005

Alexander Graham Munro Award – RSW

2010

RSW Council Award

Charles Rennie Macintosh Association Residency, Collioure  France

Paisley Art Institute Plein Aire Prize

Teaching

 

1968

Children’s art classes at Glasgow School of Art

Evening life classes at Glasgow School of Art

1970-72

Resident tutor at Culzean for Glasgow School of Art

1971-86

Director of Art, Fettes College, Edinburgh

1986-88

Director of Art, Malvern College

1988-1997

Head of Art, The Edinburgh Academy, Edinburgh

1991-98

Visiting Lecturer at Leith School of Art, Edinburgh