Jock McFadyen RA
Jock McFadyen RA
As a teenager Jock McFadyen attended Saturday morning classes at Glasgow School of Art. In 1966, at the age of 15, he moved to England and was educated at Chelsea School of Art gaining his BA in 1976 and MA in 1977. He also taught one day a week at the Slade School of Art between 1980 and 2005.
In 1981 McFadyen was appointed Artist in Residence at the National Gallery in London. His paintings from the early eighties were populated by the waifs and stays of pre Canary Wharf London, he always said that the figures in his work were not inventions but sightings of individuals and events of the time. In 1991, Jock was commissioned by the Artistic Records Committee of the Imperial War Museum to record events surrounding the dismantling of the Berlin Wall and in 1992, he designed sets and costumes for Kenneth MacMillan’s The Judas Tree, Royal Opera House in 1992. It was at this point that the figure fell away from McFadyen’s work and the full-blown landscape, often a serious comment on life in the modern urban environment, and on a monumental scale, emerged and continues to preoccupy him to this day.
In 2005 he collaborated with his wife Susie Honeyman to create The Grey Gallery, to work with artists, writers and musicians on a project by project basis with the aim to work across all disciplines. Jock currently lives and works in London and Edinburgh. Jock has had over 40 solo exhibitions and his work is held by 30 public collections as well as private and corporate collections in Britain and abroad.
Elected RA: 24 May 2012
Born: 1950 in Paisley, Scotland, United Kingdom