Peter McLaren

In his own words:   I was schooled in Fife then studied at the Edinburgh College of Art.  While there I won the John Kinross Scholarship, from the Royal Scottish Academy,  which allowed me to study in Florence, and the Richard Ford Award, from the Royal Academy in London, to study the works in the Prado, Madrid. 

Early influences include the collection of Scottish Colourists and post war expressionist paintings found in my home town of Kirkcaldy's Museum. As a student I travelled by bicycle to see collections in Amsterdam, Arnhem, Paris and London. 

Post graduation, I won an Andrew Grant Scholarship which introduced me first hand to American art. Wyeth, Pollock, Lichtenstein and Warhol.

 In 1989 I won the inaugural British Airways Most Promising Artist Award.  This award allowed me to travel and exhibit worldwide for the first time.   These  experiences have largely influenced what and how I have painted ever since.    

I'm a serial cabin, folly and woodpile builder. I've restored an Orcadian croft, Edinburgh New Town apartments and Victorian conservatories, I've also rebuilt a vintage car and tractor. In 2011 I rode my bicycle 4300 miles across America.

Solo Exhibitions

1998  Portland Gallery, London

1996  Scottish Gallery, Aitken Dott, Edinburgh

1993  Portland Gallery, London

1993  Scottish Gallery, Aitken Dott, Edinburgh

1991  Scottish Gallery, Aitken Dott, Edinburgh

1990  Eva Cohen Gallery, Chicago, USA

1990  Eva Cohon Gallery, Highland Park, Illinois USA

1989  Lineart, Sophie Van Moerkerke Gallery, Ghent, Belgium

1989  De Keignaert, Oudenburg, Belgium

1988 Compass Gallery, Glasgow

1988 Homage to Velasquez, Scottish Artists, Edinburgh

1987 Richard Ford Award Exhibition, Edinburgh College of Art

1987 Two John Kinross Scholars, Scottish Artists, with Valerie Anderson


Selected Group Exhibitions


Astrup Fearnley Museum of MOdern Art, Oslo. Inaugural Exhibition with Anselm Kiefer, Marcus Lupertz, Malcolm Morley, Jorg Immendorff, Per Kirkeby, R.B. Kitaj, John Bellany and John Walker.

Ten Decades, Edinburgh College of Art Centenary Exhibition, City Arts Centre, Edinburgh

History of Scottish Landscape, Scottish Gallery, Aitken Dott, Edinburgh

20 Years of Orkney Art, Pier Arts Centre, Orkney

Contemporary Scottish Art, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

20th Century and Contemporary Scottish Painting, Scottish Gallery, Aitken Dott, Edinburgh

Scottish Artists in Spain, Scottish Gallery, Aitken Dott, Edinburgh

Contemporary Scottish Painting, The City Gallery, London

The Edinburgh School, Scottish Gallery, Aitken Dott, Edinburgh

150th Anniversary Exhibition, Scottish Gallery, Aitken Dott, Edinburgh

The Decade Ahead, Scottish Gallery, Aitken Dott, Edinburgh

Germinations IV, La Vielle Charite a Marseilles, France; De Beyerd, Breda, Netherlands; Royal College of Art, London; Frauen Museum, Bonn, Germany

Works on Paper, Edinburgh College of Art at the Academy of Fine Arts, San Francisco.

I exhibit regularly with the Scottish Gallery, Aitken Dott, Edinburgh; Thompson's Gallery, London; Panter & Hall, London; Stafford Gallery, London, Lyon & Turnbull, Edinburgh

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