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Morag Muir

Artist Biography

Morag Muir was born in Glasgow in 1960. She studied Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee from1978-1982 and completed a year of postgraduate study in 1983, winning the John Milne Purvis Prize and the Major Travelling Scholarship, which financed further study in Italy.

Morag has taught at various colleges throughout her career, but due to increasing demand for her work she decided to focus on her professional practice, becoming a full-time artist in 2006. Morag’s paintings mainly reflect the studio environment, and her still-life work incorporates narratives that develop when characters and objects begin to populate the canvas. Windows, flowers, textiles, toys and ethnic bric-a-brac share ambiguous spaces. The finished paintings portray layers of her personal life interwoven with her surroundings and collected memorabilia . Morag currently exhibits throughout the UK.


1978-82 Diploma in Drawing & Painting at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee

1982-83 Awarded Post Diploma

Awards John Milne Purvis Prize

Scottish Education Department Major Travelling Scholarship

Scottish Arts Council Bursary for Printmaking

Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW) Small Painting Prize

Paisley Art Institute (PAI): Adam Award,

Paisley Art Institute (PAI): Art Hire, Artist Frameshop Award

Paisley Art Institute (PAI): William and Mary Armour Award

Selected Exhibitions

2014 Morningside Gallery, Edinburgh

Fraser Gallery, St Andrews

Red Rag Gallery, Gloucestershire

Beauly Gallery, Beauly

Gallery Q, Dundee

Kinblethmont Gallery, Angus

Lime Tree Gallery, Bristol

Mansfield Park, Glasgow

Leith Gallery, Edinburgh

Whitehouse Gallery, Kirkcudbright

EDS Gallery Edinburgh

RSW, Meffan Gallery, Forfar

Iona House Gallery, Oxford

Jack Tierney Gallery, Aberdeen

Torrance Gallery, Edinburgh

Velvet Easel Gallery, Portobello

Frames Gallery, Perth

Red Barn Gallery, Penrith

Strathearn Gallery, Crieff

Paisley Arts Institute (PAI), Paisley

Art@47, Pittenweem

2013 RSW, National Galleries, The Mound, Edinburgh

Royal Glasgow Institute (RGI), McLelland Gallery, Glasgow

McClure Art, Spring Exhibition, Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh

Red Rag Gallery, Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire

Red Barn Gallery, Penrith

Frames Gallery, Hampstead Heath AFF

Paisley Art Institure

Lime Tree Gallery, Long Melford, Suffolk

Whitehouse Gallery, Kirkcudbright

Jack Tierney Gallery, Cults, Aberdeen

McLauren Gallery, Ayr

Art@47, High Street, Pittenweem

Leith Gallery, Edinburgh

Mellerstain House, McClure Art

EDS Gallery, Edinburgh

Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh  

Selected Exhibitions