Professor Calum Colvin DA MA(RCA)OBE
Born 26th October 1961, Glasgow.
My work is a hybrid of concerns and practices from
the disciplines of Sculpture, Painting, Electronic Imaging and
Photography. I use painting and lighting techniques in the construction
of elaborate narrative tableau, which are photographed and exhibited as
large-scale colour photographic prints. I am interested in the process
of transformation that occurs when everyday objects are juxtaposed with
painted images (often) appropriated from the annals of Western Art
History. The visual illusions/allegories are intended to draw the viewer
into a creative dialogue as the images are interpreted, touching on
themes of gender, art, history and national identity.
1979-1983 Diploma in Sculpture, Duncan of
Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee.
MA in Photography, Royal College of Art, London.
Lived and worked as artist in London.
Lecturer in Fine Art, University of Dundee.
Senior Research Fellow in Digital Imaging, University of Northumbria.
2001- present Professor of
Fine Art Photography, University of Dundee.
1983: SED Travelling Fellowship
1986: Prize-winner, ‘Young European Photographer of the Year Award’
1987: The Photographers Gallery ‘Brandt Award’
1989: Royal Photographic Society Gold Medal
1997: The 13th Higashikawa Overseas Photographer Prize
2000: SAC/National Lottery Creative Scotland Award
2000:Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship
2002: Carnegie Trust Award
2003: Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland (Set Design)
2006: Maude Gemmell Hutchison Prize, Royal Scottish Academy.
2007: AHRC Research Leave Award
2008: Sir William Gillies Bequest, Royal Scottish Academy.
1987-1990: ‘Calum Colvin’ Kathleen Ewing
Gallery, Washington DC; Sander Gallery, New York; Friedman-Guinness
Gallery, Heidelberg; Torch Gallery, Amsterdam; Richard Pomoroy Gallery,
London; Seagate Gallery, Dundee; Salama Caro Gallery, London; Galeria
57, Madrid; Glenn/Dash Gallery, Los Angeles; California State
University, Long Beach, California; Friedman-Guinness Gallery,
Frankfurt; Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney; Harris Museum and Art
Gallery, Preston; Portfolio Gallery, Edinburgh.
1991:’The Two Ways of Life’ Art Institute of
Chicago; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Nickle Arts Museum,
Calgary; Winnipeg Art Gallery; Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe .
1993-2000: ’The Seven Deadly Sins and the Four
Last Things’ Portfolio Gallery, Edinburgh; Photographers Gallery,
London; Photosynkyria, Thessalonki, Greece;Norwich Arts Centre; BM
Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul; Banco Central Art Gallery, Quenca,
Ecuador; British Council, Quito, Ecuador; Royal Photographic Society,
Bath; Fotomuseum, Stadtmuseum, Munich; Seagate Gallery, Dundee;
Photography Centre of Athens; Forum Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia;
Varazdin Town Museum, Croatia; BM
Contemporary Art Centre, Istanbul; Izfas Art Gallery, Ismir; State Fine
Arts Gallery, Ankara; Encontros da Imagem, Braga, Portugal; Kawasaki
City Museum, Japan; The Meffan Institute,
1996-2000 ‘Pseudologica Fantastica’
Impressions Gallery, York; Focal Point Gallery, Southend -on –Sea;
Portfolio Gallery, Edinburgh; Theatr Clwyd, Mold, Wales; Centre Cultural
Caixa de Terassa, Barcelona; University of Salamanca; Centro de Arte
Contemporaneo, Seville; Viewpoint Gallery, Salford, Manchester; Leeds
Metropolitan University Gallery; Piece Hall
1998-2003:‘Sacred and Profane’ Scottish
National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; National Machado de Castro
Museum, Coimbra, Portugal; Martha Schneider Gallery, Chicago; Peacock
Printmakers, Aberdeen; Crawford Centre, St Andrews.
2002-2008: ‘Ossian, Fragments of Ancient Poetry’
Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh; Iona Gallery, Kingussie;
Swanson Gallery, Thurso; An Tuireann, Skye; Timespan, Helmsdale; St
Fergus Gallery, Wick; Inverness Museum and Art Gallery; Birnam
Institute, Dunkeld; Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries; Festival de
Musique de Beaulieu-sur-Mer, Beaulieu, France; UNESCO, Paris; Inverness
County Centre for the Arts, Nova Scotia; University of Guelph, Canada.
Victoria and Albert Museum
Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, New York
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
The British Council
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
Royal Photographic Society
Arnolfini Collection Trust
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Ferens Museum, Hull
Art Institute of Chicago
Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow
Aberdeen Art Gallery
City Art Centre, Edinburgh.