Leonard Gray RSW

Many of my paintings are based on the East Coast of Scotland. Latterly travel to Europe and the Far East have resulted in work based on these experiences. My paintings are executed with a mixed media technique with gouache being the main medium. My palette consists of subtle warm colours but my emphasis is on textured relationships. I use light areas to break up shape giving a slightly abstract quality to emphasize the picture plane.


1952 – Graduated at Edinburgh College of Art
1952-1953 – Post Graduate Scholarship
1954-1968 – Living and teaching in Fife
1957 – Founder Member of the 57 Gallery
1969 – Elected a Member of the Aberdeen Artists Society
1974-1987 – Three terms on the RSW Council
1976-1977 – Member of Council Aberdeen Artists Society
1990 – Retired from lecturing. Currently living and painting at Bieldside, Aberdeen


1996, 1997 and 1998 – John Laing London, Prizes for landscape painting
1995 – The Major Award of the Council of the RSW
1984 – May Marshall Brown Award, RSW
1981 – Scottish Brewers/Stirling University Landscape Award
1980 – Educational Institute of Scotland Purchase Award, RSW

Selected Exhibitions

1995-2001 – Singer Friedlander Watercolour Competition
1995 – The Morrison Portrait Award Exhibition
1982 – Scottish Arts Council – About Grampian, Touring Exhibition
1975 – Scottish Art Council – Selections from the SSA, Mall Galleries, London
1975 – Shed 50, St Monans – One Man Exhibition
1970 – Scottish Arts Council – Paintings for Scottish Schools
1965 – Royal Pavilion, Brighton – Selected from the RA, London
1958 – Scottish Arts Council – Twelve Young Artists in Watercolour
1957 – 57 Gallery, Edinburgh – One Man Exhibition
1953 – International Exhibition of Art Students, Milan

Public Collections

  • HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s Collection of Scottish Paintings (3 paintings)
  • Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
  • City Gallery, Edinburgh
  • Greenock Art Gallery
  • National Trust for Scotland
  • University of Aberdeen
  • Herriot Watt University, Edinburgh
  • Education Authority of Edinburgh
  • Education Authority of Dundee
  • Education Authority of Grampian Education Authority of Highland
  • Edinburgh Royal Hospital
  • I.B.M. Computers
  • Low and Bonnar, Dundee
  • Royal Bank of Scotland, Edinburgh
  • Royal Bank of Scotland, Dundee
  • Clydesdale Bank, Glasgow
  • Scottish Equitable Insurance Company
  • Grampian Hospitals Art Trust