Glasgow Artists

Glasgow Artist Joe Hendry

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.

nude girl reclining

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.

Glasgow Artist

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.

Glasgow portraits

Glasgow Artist Zodiac art

Glasgow Illustrator Joe Hendry

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Small Art

Small Art

Small Art – Big Quality

Small art, or artwork which is just above miniature art is something which I work on every so often. At the moment I am fluctuating between large scale drawings at three x two feet to small art pieces which are postcard sized.

Playing around with different surfaces and mediums has also been of interest to me recently. This piece illustrated  is created on a specially prepared board. It was created by Mark Greer of Art Hire, who frames most of Peter Howson’s paintings in addition to other well known artists. I have a bit of a “thing” about using Art Hire. Having tried several framers, no-one else has come close in terms of quality.

After spending so long working on a painting or drawing, I like to frame it in the best quality frame that I can. Art Hire uses craftsmen and the finish on the products they make are just superb. The piece illustrated has no less than ten coats of gesso applied. The surface is sanded after each coat to give a super-smooth finish for working on. It also has softly rounded edges. In fact, these surfaces are so beautiful that it can be quite nerve-wracking beginning to work on It feels as if I am about to deface something that is already a work of art! These surfaces, I feel, really take my artwork to a new level. I think also that with small art, it adds to that feeling of something quite precious.

It has been interesting to take some of the subject matter of my recent large-scale works and reduce them down. I love to create these small pieces and the idea was to produce some of these for this years Open Studios which is on the 6th and 7th October at WASPS Artists’ Studios in Hanson Street.

Every year I have people visit for whom large scale art is out of reach when it comes to budget and I hate that. The small scale pieces will hopefully allow people who love original artwork to own paintings and drawings which are much more affordable. Everything about these pieces is the same quality as large scale art – they are just that bit smaller!

Small Is Beautiful Update.

Since writing the above piece, I regularly returned to creating smaller artwork. There were several reasons for this. I soon changed entirely and my art reduced in size altogether. All change from working on canvas which was normally 3 feet high. It became more usual for me to draw or paint on A3 or A4 paper. Frequently, I have painted or drawn even smaller pieces.

Changing scale has been fascinating for me. It has lead to a completely different approach to making marks regardless of the medium.

Small scale art

The above artwork for example, is only 6 inches in diameter. Working at this scale is a much more intimate experience. Apart from the practicalities of space and transport there are other advantages.

For me, as an artist, it feels less rushed and dramatic. Drama in creating art is not always a necessity. Sometimes there is a plus side to it being a more subdued affair.

Young Gallery

Impact Arts Joe Hendry Artist

Young Gallery – Young Artists

Young Gallery is the name of a new Impact Arts project in the East end of Glasgow. Impact Arts secure funding for various projects in Glasgow which benefit local communities.

I was approached by them recently as an artist local to the new project and asked to open the first exhibition. I was very flattered by this: I have been involved in various charity projects in previous years but never to date something like this.


Young Gallery
Young gallery

The idea behind The Young Gallery is to exhibit artwork from children aged from as little as three years old up to young adults at 18. It is a fantastic idea and this is the first gallery of this kind in Scotland. Funds raised by the project are fed back into Impact Arts and a percentage also goes towards the schools who are exhibiting.

On entering the new gallery space today I was immediately impressed. I don’t think that I necessarily had preconceived ideas but I have seen many galleries in my time. What I didn’t expect that it would be at the upper end of gallery experiences for me. This was perhaps wrong, why shouldn’t a community-focussed organisation be able to deliver the best?

The gallery space was clean, unfussy and well lit. The logo on the window is just perfect and the enthusiasm of the staff was immediately evident. Being someone with a possibly over-critical attitude at times, this was an experience which I can honestly say was a joy from the start. The feeling of positivity was almost tangible – and the children hadn’t even arrived yet!

When all the small faces suddenly appeared at the window, it was just a magical moment. I have never worked with children and it’s a decade since my daughter was that age. It’s easy to forget how amazing children can be. I had already been taken aback by the prints which were on display. They were outstanding ( and perfectly presented). It was hilarious listening to the kids as they tried to find their own artwork on the walls.  When the drink and biscuits were served a scrum was averted by a very abled but likeable primary teacher (the type of teacher we all have fond memories of) who instantly had the children form a line and take turns at raiding the goodies. I particularly liked  her “lift the biscuits with your left hand so that you can take your drink with your right” comment!

Once it calmed down a bit, a few words were said and ribbons were cut marking the opening of the first exhibition at the Young Gallery.

A more formal opening will follow with government dignitaries in a couple of months time but the gallery is now open. All artwork is for sale and if you are in the Glasgow area I would highly recommend you visit.

The Young Gallery

112 Sword Street (off Duke Street)


Glasgow, G31

You can find out more about Impact Arts HERE



Virginia Gallery, Glasgow

Virginia Gallery Glasgow

Virginia Gallery, Glasgow

Virginia Gallery in Glasgow is quite a unique little place and it’s name pays homage to the past. Glasgow was quite a different place in the 1980’s. I studied design for four years from 1984-1988 in Glasgow. It was during this period that I got to know and love the City. One of the places I really loved to visit as a student was the Virginia Galleries. It was a strange collection of curio shops but a quality one. It didn’t peddle tat, but antiques art and the tearoom was even top notch.

The Virginia Gallery disappeared in the early nineties sadly. I was happy to hear the the name is to live on.  In 2011, a new collection of boutique style shops opened called Virginia Court. Just at the entrance, a new gallery has opened, Virginia Gallery. Already it has held some really interesting art exhibition and although it is a basement gallery without natural daylight, it has a lovely ambience for viewing paintings.

After a year of not exhibiting, through my own choice, I decided that The Virginia Gallery would be my first venture back into the art scene in Glasgow.

More about the exhibition and  gallery in their own words:-

PAINTED LADIES: the beautiful,original paintings of Joe Hendry,
Kevin Polin and Wesley Edmund.

Exhibition Launch: 1pm, Sunday 29th May, 2011.

Painted Ladies is exhibition of art investigating and celebrating
femininity and the beauty of female form on canvas, through the eyes
and talents of Joe Hendry, Kevin Polin and Wesley Edmund.

Immerse yourself in an uplifting experience of portraiture, abstracts
and nudes. The majority of the works are premiered to the audience at
The Virginia Gallery, and promise to contribute to the map of
paintings depicting women with vibrancy and serenity. Embrace an
opportunity to see stunning aspects from the wider body of work by
these celebrated Irish and Scottish artists for the first time.

All paintings are for sale through The Virginia Gallery.

The exhibition launches at 1pm on Sunday 29th May 2011, and then
continues throughout June until Sunday 3rd July 2011.

The Virginia Gallery is open Monday to Saturday 11.00am until 6.00pm,
and Sunday 12.00midday. until 5.30pm (except very selected hours of
closure, for private classes or events- please contact the gallery on
0141 552 5699 to check opening times and find out about these classes,
at weekends).

The exhibition takes place in a venue where only those over 18 are able to gain admittance.

Private viewings are available by appointment on 0141 552 5699.

Opening in January 2011, The Virginia Gallery is Glasgow’s exciting
new art space in the heart of the Tobacco Lodges of the Merchant
City. The gallery nestles in the lower level space at 45 Virginia
Street, Virginia Court, Glasgow. G1 1TS.

This is the third official exhibition of art and craft within this
developing arts space.  After the success of a pop-up exhibition in
December 2010, it continues to flourish with the energy, generosity
and support of an ever growing number of organisations and artists.
This includes Joe Hendry, Kevin Polin and Wesley Edmund, whom we are
excited and proud to feature in this current exhibition.


Glasgow City Art

Glasgow City Art

Tolbooth Tower Original Painting

Glasgow paintings were something I turned to in 2007. It was only following a summer night in the City and passing by the statue of the Duke Of Wellington that I realised the depth of the true charisma of parts of Glasgow.

THe City has had bad press for many years and whilst some of it is undoubtedly justifies, there is much to Glasgow which has to be commended.

One of the most interesting aspects of the City Centre is the Tolbooth Tower at Glasgow Cross which is the only part remaining of an originally much larger building. There is something quite humorous about the way in which all the roads and buildings around the tower have been designed to respect it’s position. It forms a kind of mini (in ground space) but very tall roundabout. As far as I am aware, the tower has never been hit by a car or even a Glasgow tourist bus, which seems something of a miracle.

The part of the town where the tower is has been traditionally one of the poorer areas of the City Centre but there have been attempts in recent years to improve this area (it borders the more affluent Merchant City) and there have been many new flats, stores and student accommodation constructed.

This painting was, I remember painted unusually quickly for me. Architecture is not something I always enjoy painting but this canvas  seemed to come together quite easily.

Original Piantings Sold

Glasgow Art Galleries

Glasgow Art Gallery

Glasgow Art Galleries-Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum

Glasgow art galleries come and go but the Kelvingrove, as it’s known is destined to always be there. This drawing, entitled “Allison & The Bishop” was created in 1984. At my first week studying Interior Design at college, our lecturer, the Glasgow Artist George Devlin set a project where we had to spend two weeks at Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum sketching. It seemed like an odd start to a four year college course but 2 weeks were duly spent at Kelvingrove.

One day I was joined by my long time friend, who I sketched sitting on the wall next to the Bishop Statue at the rear of the building.

Looking at this drawing now, I think I was more adept with a simple pencil than I realised and i don’t know if I would have the patience a quarter of a century later to draw this way.

As far as Glasgow art galleries go, is Glasgow’s top attraction and a favourite haunt of mine to this day. I still think of this drawing every time I visit.

Drawing Dimensions: A4
Medium: Graphite on paper

Original Artwork Sold



Glasgow Clydeside Paintings

Glasgow Clyde Art

River Clyde, Armadillo & Finnieston Crane

“Clydeside 2” was painted directly following it’s sister painting “Clydeside” in a slightly different colourway. (This first painting is also available as a Lts Edition Print, please see the red Featured Prints tab, above right).

Having lived directly on the Clyde for a few years, I really grew to love this view. It was industrial and dramatic and the showstopper was when the Waverley paddlesteammer would sail past my window on it’s way down the Clyde”. The Clyde has transformed completely over the past few decades and with all the shipyards more or less gone, the Finnieston Crane and the Titan crane stand as monuments to what went before.

The new architecture of the “Armadillo” theatre and on the south ban of the Clyde, the Science museum, sit really well with these giants from past times.

I still love to visit this area and I am sure I will paint it again.

Painting Dimensions: 36 x 36 inches
Medium: Acrylic

Original Artwork Sold, Commission Enquiries Welcomed

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Highly Collectible Limited Edition Prints of Only 50 Available

Glasgow Clyde Art Print
Glasgow Clyde Art Print

Limited Edition Glasgow Clydeside Art Prints

Hand signed and numbered art print by Joe Hendry.

Printed onto 300gsm Archival Fine Art paper.Giclee printed using HP VIVERA inks which are pigment based waterproof archival and last up to 200years.
In an off white hand-cut mount with backing.

Rectangularimage size is 12 x 8 inches. Overall size of mount is approx 49cm x 37.5 cm (19 x 15 inches)
Square image size is 9″ x 9 ” image. Overall size of mount is approx 19 x 19 inches.

Please note that the art prints do not have a watermark, this is simply for display on the web.

* Mount is acid free archival quality
* Complete with signed and numbered Certificate Of Authenticity
* Fine Art paper is archival quality 300gsm
* Paper is lignin and acid free
* Giclee printed using HP VIVERA inks which are pigment based waterproof archival and last up to 200years.
* Hand signed and numbered by the artist
* Delivered flat
* Comes in protective archival quality protective cellophane.
* Although usually much sooner, please allow up to 21 days for delivery.
* Postage & Packaging £4.95


£ 65.00 plus Postage & Packaging £4.95



Paintings Of Glasgow

paintings of Glasgow

paintings of Glasgow

Glasgow Art – The Lion & The Unicorn

Glasgow is a City I have lived in for a decade at the time of writing. In 2007, I began to paint the City and it’s iconic architecture very much from my perspective.

Glasgow gets a bad press but much of the “bad stuff” is superceded by it’s people and the quality of parts of the City Centre. Glasgow is full of art galleries, both public and private  and there is a wealth of public art on display in the streets. Even some of the lamp-posts would not look out of place in a gallery.

Of all the Glasgow Art I have produces, The Lion and The Unicorn is possibly my personal favourite. Taking the Lions from George Square and bringing them together with the Duke Of Wellington and his traffic cone hat on one canvas. The Lions intrigue me. They guard the Cenotaph but instead of looking like some artefact from decades ago, they are sculpted in such  away that they look utterly contemporary, and I love that “old meets new” feeling about the monument.

The Duke Of Wellington has become a part of Glasgow Iconography and tourists love him. I love him too. I  think that his traffic cone hat sums up the good natured part of Glaswegians, the humour and lets you know that this City although not perfect, really does have a heart – a great big funny one at that.

Painting Dimensions: 36 x 24 inches
Medium: Oil on deep edged cotton box canvas

Original Artwork Sold

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