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Rowan Paton

Artist Biography

Formal considerations of materiality, mark making, colour and language characterise my work. Employing situation based, two & three-dimensional practices, low-tech media, appropriated and self-made imagery, I create imagined spaces. My work affords me a route to unpick timeless, persistent human challenges such as oppressive feelings of isolation, and immovable emotional obstacles. Landscape, and in particular, the mountain, provide a reference through which to explore these. I live & work in Edinburgh, Scotland.


Yale Univeristy School of Art, MFA Painting & Printmaking, CT, USA 

 Edinburgh College of Art, BA Drawing & Painting, Edinburgh, Scotland

Selected Exhibitions 


2018 CURRENT Tatha Gallery  

2018 Royal Scottish Academy Annual 

2018 r e p l a y The Suttie Space, GHAT 

2018 Blue Roof Gallery, Aberdeenshire 

2018 SSA & VAS Together 2018 

2017 Detail, It's All In The Detail, Edinburgh 

2017 Visual Artist Unit Annual, Glasgow 

2017 RSA Summer Show 

2017 Edinburgh Art Festival, as part of Place + Platform's Reject/Respond/Repurpose 

2017 Rock Trust Postcard Exhibition, Summerhall, Edinburgh, 

2017 Before We Were Even Dreamed, Whitespace, with Andrew Phillips, Edinburgh 

2017 DOK Artists Space, Death or Glory, as part of city wide Audacious Women Festival, Edinburgh 

2016 DOK Artists Space, Works on Paper, Edinburgh 2016 RGI, 153rd Royal Glasgow Institute Show, Glasgow 

2016 SSA, Society of Scottish Artists Annual, National Galleries of Scotland 

2016 VOXEL Gallery, featured artist, August-September 

2016 RSA Annual, National Galleries of Scotland 

2016 SWA Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London 

2016 Cupar Arts Festival, LIMINAL, Fife 

2016 Newave Gallery, Aberdeen 

2015 Royal Scottish Academy Annual, National Gallery's of Scotland, Edinburgh


RSA Annual Edinburgh College of Art Libraries Prize 2018 

Imagio Mundi - Benetton Collection 'Scotland' 2018 

Society of Scottish Artists, 2017 Greyfriars Prize 

Ellen Battel Stoeckel scholarship for Yale Summer School of Art & Music ​ 

Grampian Hospitals Trust Wood Group Student Prize 


Grampian Hospitals Art Trust 

Edinburgh College of Art