Macdonald, Neil PAI RGI RSW

Elected to RSW 2013

Artists Statement

I am drawn to locations which exert historic and mythic presence. I explore the lyrical narrative of natural sites and strong bold shapes of castles, old townships and harbours. I do this through distortion of perspective, invention and editing, aiming to capture an essence of the structure or place. Colour is used in an emotive way, often with limited palette, to heighten the sense of mood.

The image emerges, revealing the subject’s unique sense of place.


1975-1979 Glasgow School of Art-BAHons 
1979-1980 Glasgow School of Art- Post Graduate Studies 
1978 Hospitalfield Art College Summer School
1981 David Cargill Travelling Scholarship(Italy and Belgium)
1979 to present day teaching in further and higher education sectors including GSA and now delivering private art classes in Scotland, Italy, Spain and France
2012 Elected PAI 
2013 Elected RSW 
2013 Elected RGI 


2013 Joe Hargan Award, Maclaurin Fine Art Exhibition, Ayr 
2011 Robert Innes Award - Scottish Drawing Competition 
2009 Discerning Eye, London- Scottish Regional Winner 
2008 University West Scotland Award PAI 
2006 Ann Stevenson Memorial Award, East Dunbartonshire Council 

Selected Exhibitions

2013 Hospitalfield Alumni Association Group Show, Meffan, Forfar
2011 Solo Exhibition, Mansfield Park Gallery 
2011 Two Person Show with Alice McMurrough, Auld Kirk Museum 
2009 Two Person Show with Alice McMurrough, RGI Kelly Gallery
2008 Group Show Lime Tree Gallery, Suffolk 
1999 Vallico in Arte Exhibition, Tuscany 
1990 Solo Exhibition- Kelly Gallery, Glasgow 
1983 Solo Exhibition- Corners Gallery, Glasgow 
1983 Solo Exhibition- English Speaking Union, Edinburgh 
1982 Solo Exhibition- GSA Museum

Public Collections

East Dunbartonshire Council
Glasgow University

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