Glasgow Artists

Glasgow Artists – Glasgow Boys & Girls

Glasgow artists come in a great variety. From the well known, working from large scale studios .This includes such as Peter Howson and Ken Currie.  To the many who are unknown, just emerging or working from their kitchen. To every degree in between.

Glasgow artists have long had a reputation for producing quality artwork. Possibly at it’s peak at the turn of the 19th Century with the original Glasgow Boys. There was a second wave of Glasgow artists known as the New Glasgow Boys. This was around 1980.

Glasgow is famed for a spectrum of reasons. From its’ “No Mean City” persona to it’s “City Of Culture” year. It has much to offer the art collector. From it’s small privately run galleries to the magnificent Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery. This is at the door to the City’s West End.

WASPS Artists’ Studios

There are various artist’s studios throughout Glasgow. The largest of these is the WASPS organisation. WASPS Artists studios house hundreds of artists throughout the city. These studios are in various different buildings including the new flagship. The Briggait. It’s largest collection of Glasgow artists is at Hanson Street, near Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

Known as The WASPS Factory, this former Tobacco Factory is home to ceramic artists, potters, painters, photographers, textile designers and glass artists.  The studios open on certain days throughout the year to the public for exhibitions and events. However, many artists also welcome visitors into their studio for private views.

This is a fantastic way to see artwork in progress. Also to speak to artists about their work. Contacting an artist is easy. Many have their own websites with contact information. You can email or telephone them directly.


Amongst the stable of WASPS Glasgow artists is Joe Hendry. Joe welcomes visitors to his studio by appointment . Please see the contact section in the directory of this website.

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Scottish Landscape artist Joe Hendry

Glasgow Artist Joe Hendry

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Glasgow Artist Frank To

Artists In Glasgow In Various Styles

Artists can be funny people – believe me, I’ve met some real odd ones in my time! And I’ve met some odd artists in Glasgow. We are meant to be an odd lot though are we not? On the whole though, I have found most other artist’s to be supportive and over the past few years I have got to know some really decentGlasgow artists, some of whom have really helped me in my painting career.

Now and again i like to buy the work of another artist. At the moment hanging in my home I have a Daniel Campbell original watercolour which I love. It was painted around 1996. Another Glasgow artist: there is also a Gillian Orr painting hanging on the wall. Gill is larger than life and some of her paintings are simply wild. I love them and as I paint, there is a very dramatic lady angel, a figment of Gillian Orr’s brain looking over me. There are a couple of Jonathan Meuli’s hanging in the hall. Jonathan is a gem of a guy and a great painter. There is something so spontaneous about his art and he can even make a high rise block of flats look good enough to hang on your wall.

There is also a wonderful Maureen Rocks-Moore  “wee dug” on the wall. Moe is a sensitive soul whose paintings vary from landscape to figurative with a nod to art deco on the way.

Gift Art

It’s even better owning an original when it’s swapped or gifted and I was over the moon when Frank To gave me one of his new original artworks tonight. I got a sneak preview of Frank’s new work for his upcoming show in April in Edinburgh last week. Fascinating stuff and I said to Frank how much I liked some of the new art he was working on. I really didn’t expect him to gift me an original to add to my own personal Glasgow artists gallery though. So, thank you Frank – I will be heading to the framers soon.

Frank To’s Plague Doctor exhibition, “The Human Condition” runs until the end of April at the Leith Gallery in Edinburgh.

Artists In Glasgow & The Southside Festival

Glasgow artists in jovial mood: what’s this? The shot above was taken as I delivered some artwork to the “It’s All Around You” art exhibition which is part of the Southside Festival in Glasgow this year.

Southside Festival Glasgow

As part of the Parade Artists group, we are taking part in this event. It is a pop-up art event and is being held in two disused shop units. I was a bit apprehensive when I heard where the venue was but I have to be honest and say what a great job the organisers have done. They have spruced the units up and they look great. It should be a really interesting art exhibition with a host of Glasgow artists including Peter Howson, fresh from his successful auction at McTears which raised nearly three hundred thousand pounds recently.

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Artists In Glasgow. Pictured above is yours truly, Moira Buchanan (painter and felting) and Malcolm Dobson (ceramics).

The Road To Change

After the delivery, I spent a couple of hours with a different kind of Glasgow artists, actors Matthew McVarish and Tom Urie. They are great guys – full of ideas and so interesting. Tom plays a character in the TV show River City and has also worked on Holby and other TV programmes. He is also a fantastic singer/songwriter.

Matthew, also sings and he and Tom had an album called “Road To Balmaha” which featured one of my landscapes on the cover.

It had been a fun day away from the studio but it was quite humbling when I discovered more details of Matthew’s next project, The Road To Change. Matthew is walking 11000 miles around Europe to raise awareness of child sexual abuse. He has arranged all sorts of meetings along the way.

Matt has really educated himself on aspects of child abuse. Last year a play he wrote on the subject, “To Kill A Kelpie” was made into a film. Some of the things he told me made for uncomfortable listening but this is what he is all about: awareness. Hopefully with awareness will come the change that he is trying to encourage.

Find out all about The Road To Change Charity.

Merchant City Festival – Glasgows Best

Merchant Cty Festival

Merchant City Festival in Glasgow is, in my opinion one of the best events which takes place annually in Glasgow.  My favourite section of the City centre comes alive and suddenly feels a bit like Amsterdam or Barcelona.

This year was simply fantastic. All sorts of live music, street entertainers and stalls selling quality food and crafts. I was there with Parade Artists on  Saturday, we had taken over three “gazebos” at the edge of the city and it was fantastic to meet so many people. I only had prints on display as it didn’t seem like an appropriate venue for originals.

Virginia Gallery

Elsewhere in the City, thanks to the Virginia Gallery and the “Who’s For The Game” exhibition, two of my paintings were included in an art treasure hunt and made into posters which were displayed in various windows. It was nice to see my artwork getting a public airing in this way after missing out on a similar opportunity a couple of years ago.

Merchant City Festival Street Performers

Other Artists In Glasgow

Some of the other Merchant City Festival street events were really impressive. A “building” made from cardboard boxes appeared with the help of the public and some parcel tape and a group of surreal ‘nuns on wheel” seemed to be terrorising some of the visiting children.

So after a great weekend seeing all sorts of creativity, it’s back to the studio tomorrow all fired up and ready to go.

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Glasgow Artist Zodiac art

Glasgow Illustrator Joe Hendry

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