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Barry McGlashan

Barry McGlashan
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Barry McGlashan is a painter.

A significant part of his early work was informed by travel thanks to a number of scholarships and awards, most notably from The Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh.

This left him fascinated by the language and seemingly endless dialogues which exist throughout the histories of Painting. In response to that interest and love of lineage, and following on from his most recent exhibition at John Martin Gallery in London (2018), he was invited to exhibit his work in the studio of the great Flemish Baroque artist, Peter Paul Rubens at the Rubenshuis Museum in Antwerp for a period of four months. The only contemporary artist to be included in the acquisitions and loan scheme, it was a career highlight.

His work has been exhibited extensively since graduating from Gray’s School of Art (Aberdeen) in 1996, with many paintings being held in public and private collections worldwide. He has also worked with institutions such as Aberdeen University, The Royal Scottish Academy (Edinburgh), Grays School of Art (Aberdeen) and The Mall Galleries (London) in various roles both in selection and judging but also as a mentor and in an educational capacity as a tutor at Grays School of Art between 1998 and 2005.

However, most important to him is that valuable time spent alone in the studio, painting.

BA HONS (First Class) Grays School of Art, 1992-1996


2019 Tatha Gallery Award (Society of Scottish Artists/Visual Arts Scotland, RSA)
2018 The Scottish Gallery Award (Visual Arts Scotland, RSA)
2018 W Gordon Smith & Jay Gordonsmith Award (Royal Scottish Academy)
2015 Open Eye Gallery Award (Visual Arts Scotland, RSA)
2011 The Cuthbert Award (Royal Glasgow Institute)
Commendation (Aberdeen Artists Society)
2009 First Prize, The Meffan, Winter Exhibition
2006 The Meyer Oppenheim Award (Royal Scottish Academy)
2005 The James McBey Travel Award
Aberdeen Visual Arts Awards Scheme Grant
Commendation (Aberdeen Artists Society)
2003 The Shell Expro Award (Aberdeen Artists Society)
2001 The Alastair Salvesen Travelling Scholarship - three months study in the USA (Royal Scottish Academy)
The Shell Premier Award (Aberdeen Artists Society)
2000 The Shell Expro Award (Aberdeen Artists Society)
1998 The Guthrie Award (Royal Scottish Academy)
1996 The MacAllan Award (Royal Scottish Academy)
The John Kinross Scholarship - three months study in Florence (RSA)


Aberdeen Art Gallery
Aberdeen Asset Management (UK & New York)
Aberdeen City Council
Grampian Hospitals Art Trust
MacAllan Distilleries
Paintings in Hospitals
Professional Footballers Association
The Robert Gordon University
The Royal Bank of Scotland
The Royal Scottish Academy
The Scottish Society (New York)
Walter Scott Global Investment Management (Edinburgh)


2018 Line of Beauty (John Martin Gallery, London)
2017 The Glass Mountain (The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh)
2016 Mudlarks And Connoisseurs (John Martin Gallery, London)
2014 The Burning Heart (John Martin Gallery, London)
The Sunken Dream (The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh)
2013 That Howling Infinite (John Martin Gallery, London)
2012 Quiet Please (Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh)
2011 The Secrets (John Martin Gallery, London)
2010 The Whiteness of The Whale (Foyer Gallery, Aberdeen)
Wonderland (John Martin Gallery, London)
2007 New Ways to See the World (The Scottish Gallery,