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Calum Colvin Bio

Professor Calum Colvin DA MA(RCA)OBE
Born 26th October 1961, Glasgow.

Artists Statement

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.
1983-1985             MA in Photography, Royal College of Art, London.
1985-1993             Lived and worked as artist in London.
1993-2001             Lecturer in Fine Art, University of Dundee.
1995-1996             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.

Solo Exhibitions

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, Angus.

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 Gallery, Halifax.

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.

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