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Brian Barclay

Brian Barclay
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As a figurative painter working mostly in oils I like to reflect upon and draw from the western figurative tradition, sometimes quoting past masters and introducing their imagery into odd and ambiguous situations in peculiar settings that have an evocative appeal for me. Such capriccios are arrived at by a free associative approach in a state of reverie. These are for me both nostalgic and surreal, suggestive of various possible meanings rather than coming with some fixed message or narrative. I am preoccupied with capturing light and also something of the transformative power of memory and reflection in discovering some new and unsuspected magic in the mundane and everyday, and not just in the obvious resonances of myth and legend that may insinuate themselves into the dreamscape.
Studied drawing and painting at Edinburgh College of Art,
1972-1976.

Taught art in primary and secondary schools in Fife, 1977-1983.

Has worked on various private commissions over the years, and taken part in group shows in Kirkcaldy Art Gallery, Leith Gallery, Stenton Gallery, and in exhibitions of the Society of Scottish Artists, Visual Arts Scotland, and the Royal Scottish Academy.

Works in private collections and in the collection of Fife Regional Council.

Currently employed by the Scottish National Galleries.
Interrupted Conversation Piece
  • Brian Barclay
  • Interrupted Conversation Piece
  • Oil
I Saw Three Ships
  • Brian Barclay
  • I Saw Three Ships
  • Oil
Afterwards
  • Brian Barclay
  • Afterwards
  • Oil
A Peaceful Place
  • Brian Barclay
  • A Peaceful Place
  • Oil
Circus Sands
  • Brian Barclay
  • Circus Sands
  • Oil
Let the Games Begin
  • Brian Barclay
  • Let the Games Begin
  • Oil
The Peaceful Kingdom
  • Brian Barclay
  • The Peaceful Kingdom
  • Oil
  • Brian Barclay
  • "At Time o' Gloaming"

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