Born  1954

Neil Macpherson RSA, RGI

Studied at Glasgow School of Art

2006 Elected to Royal Scottish Academy
2010 Elected to Royal Glasgow Institute

Solo Exhibitions
1986 Compass Gallery, Glasgow
1988 Boundary Gallery, London
1989 Glasgow Print Studio, Glasgow
1991 Beaux Arts Gallery, Bath
1993 Boundary Gallery, London
1994 Electra Fine Art, Toronto, Canada
1995 Bohuslans Muse, Gottenburg, Sweden
1996 Beaux Arts Gallery, London
1996 Claude Andre Gallery, Brussels
1998 Glasgow Print Studio, Glasgow
2000 Boundary Gallery, London
2000 “Window of Dreams” Retrospective, Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
2004 Boundary Gallery, London
2005 Freshfields, Bruckhaus Deringer, London
2007 Compass Gallery Glasgow
2010 Bohun Gallery, London
2012 Browns Gallery, Tain, Scotland

1983 Aberdeen Artists Society, Shell Expro Award
1983 Royal Scottish Academy, Young Artist
1984 Aberdeen Artists Society, Shell Expo Award
1986 Royal Overseas League Commonwealth Exhibition,
Premier Award, London
1989 Scotland on Sunday, Mayfest Award
1993 Royal Scottish Academy, London Scottish Award
1996 Scotland on Sunday, Mayfest Award
1999 Royal Scottish Academy, London Highland Award
2007 Maude Gemmel Hutchison Award, Royal Scottish Academy
2009 Maude Gemmel Hutchison Award, Royal Scottish Academy
2011 The Highland Society of London Award, Royal Scottish Academy

Collections Include:

Contemporary Art Society
Nuffield Foundation
Arthur Anderson & Co.
McLaurin Trust
ARI Collection
Scottish Art Council
Glasgow Art Gallery and Museums
British Broadcasting Corporation
Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museum
De Beers
Sunderland Art Gallery
Strathclyde University
Highland Region Collection
Standard Life
Collins Gallery, Glasgow
St Columba Interpretation Centre, Mull
Gracefield, Dumfries and Borders
Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art
Campbeltown City Bicentenial Art Gallery,
NSW, Australia
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
Scottish Parliament Collection, Edinburgh
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
Royal Scottish Academy Collection, Edinburgh



A May Fair and the Congregation

Picture 1 of 11

Size: 92 x 71 cms ( 36 x 28 ins )
Type: oil on panel
Prices: : £5800 : $8410 : €7540
'The inspiration for this painting comes from a book in the Thurso library written in the 19th century called Ministers and Men of the Far North that tells of prominent ministers and lay preachers of the north. One of the ministers detested the spring fairs where the poor people of the glens came to be hired by the landowners for summer work. This was the only day in the year when his church was empty because the fair became a gathering point for entertainment over the weekend and in the minister's words it attracted 'reprobate actors, painted ladies, and assorted ne'er do wells' to his town. In the painting I have the assorted actors, on the temporary stage with the unseen congregation watching the show with the empty church in the background. The preachers in the book who were called 'the men' were peculiar to the far north of Scotland, and to some of the Hebridean Islands, but although they were known as 'the men' many of these preachers were actually women and always held their services without churches'. (Neil Macpherson) Contact us about this painting