Ronald Plowman

Artist Biography

Practice Statement - The majority of my work is rooted in the landscape. Mostly drawn from my locality, it is a landscape that is neither spectacular or unique, yet it can offer much to the imagination. The starting point for a painting begins with an often generic representation of a scene, which acts primarily as the basic composition. It is then that invention takes over.

Ideas for paintings are based on internal and external influences. Internally, the area between dream and reality, memory and biography. Outside influences are drawn from film, various literary forms, and art of the past and present. Pictorial concerns such as balance, colour, and surface also inform the narrative.

The aim of my work is not to merely make representatonal paintings. It is to suggest thoughts and ideas, to evoke a sense of recognition in the imagination of the viewer. To go beyond the anecdotal.


1968   Born Aberdeen

1987-89   Aberdeen College of Commerce, SCOTVEC National Certificate  in Graphic Design

1989-92   Caseroom Assistant, Press and Journal, Aberdeen

1992-96   Gray's School of Art, BA (Hons) Fine Art


2015   "Beyond the Surface"  (Look Again festival), Scott Sutherland School of Architecture

2006   Foyer Gallery, Aberdeen


Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition 2000, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

Society of Scottish Artists   2006, 2008

Aberdeen Artists Society  1996-2012

Royal Scottish Academy  Open 2005, 2014

Royal Scottish Academy  Spring Open 2009

"Mark Making", Foyer Gallery, 2012

"Chapter 11", BP, Aberdeen 2010

"Latitude 57", BP, Aberdeen 2008

Noble Grossart Painting Prize 2000, 2001

"New Generation", Compass Gallery, Glasgow 1996

Royal Scottish Academy Student Exhibition  1996


2008  Aberdeen Artists Society Prize

2006  SSA Website Award

2006  Commended, Aberdeen Artists Society

2004  Commended, Aberdeen Artists Society

2000  Aberdeen Artists Society Poster Prize

1996  RSA Stuart Prize    

Selected Exhibitions