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Alison Harper



Alison graduated from the Glasgow School of Art and received a distinction in her written thesis "Misogyny as an Art Form exemplified in the work of Edvard Munch" . She studied at the International Summer Academy of Fine Art, Salzburg then did a post graduate Studies in Fine Art at Oslo Academy of Fine Art, Norway and a post-diploma in Fine Art (First Class) at M.S. University of Baroda, Gujarat, India. In 2001-2002, "The Drawing Year" Alison did a year of part-time study in drawing at the Prince of Wales Drawing Studio, London. She has received the following awards: Glasgow School of Art Portrait Prize (1982); John and Anna Laurie Bequest Travelling Scholarship (1985); Norwegian Government Scholarship (1985); Lady Artists Trust Award (1988); Commonwealth Scholarship, for 2 years study in India (1993-95); Cheltenham and Gloucester National Open Drawing Competition, Third Prize (1998); Ruth Davidson Memorial Award for three months study in France (1998); and Prince of Wales Drawing Studio Bursary (2001).

Solo Exhibitions

2001 "Undiscovered Realms", Wolfson College, Oxford
1998 "New Drawings and Prints", The Cherry Orchard, London
1995 "Angels Wear Silver" Compass Gallery, Glasgow
1992 "F illi ng the Bare and Void Mysteries", The Cherry Orchard, London
1988 "Beyond the Pale", McGavigan's Gallery, Glasgow
1986 "Drawings from Life", Oslo Academy of Fine Art, Norway

Group Exhibitions

2002 "Glasgow Girls 2002", Boundary gallery, London
2001 Noble Grossart Painting Exhibition, Glasgow School of Art and LLoyds TSB Headquarters, Edinburgh
  "Paintings and Drawings", Wild Cherry, London
2000  "The Body is Still a Good Read" The Pentagon Centre, Glasgow  
  "Myth and Reality", Nairobi Museum, Kenya
1998  Cheltenham and Gloucester National Open Drawing Competition, touring to University of Lincolnshire & Humberside and Kunstatte Vest Banhof, Berlin
  "Prints from Scotland", UK, Iwate Arts Festival, Kyoto, Japan and touring to International Graphics Museum, Tokyo
  "Tongues of Diamond: Myth, Metaphor and Story-Telling in Painting", Collins gallery, Glasgow, touring to Leicester City Art Gallery and Stirling Museum 
  Cheltenham Open Drawing Competition  
  Art Fair, The One off Contemporary Art Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya.  
1997 "Glasgow Girls" Boundary Gallery, London
   "Venus' Flowerbasket", 345 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow.  
  Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
  Cheltenham Open Drawing Competition, Cheltenham College of Art & University of Hull. (Commendation)
  "Sahmet - 50 Years of Independence", Sahmet, Delhi, India.
1996  Noble Grossart Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh and Glasgow School of Art
  "In Miniature", Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
1995 "Art Today", India Today Gallery, New Delhi, India
1993 BP National Portrait Competition, National Portrait Gallery, London.
1992 "The Religion of Art", The Glasgow Buddhist Centre, Glasgow
1991 Paisley Drawing Institute, Paisley
  "Patrons Choice", Art from the Billiard Room, Glasgow
  "Glasgow Girls", two woman show, Boundary Gallery, London
1990   "Old Now and Only Drumming" two woman show, WASPS Gallery, Glasgow
  Olympia Art Fair with Richard Demarco Gallery, London

The Barbizon Gallery, Glasgow

  "Art Event", Kensington, London
  "Inner Visions", Ballroom Gallery, Orkney
  Paisley Drawing Institute, Paisley
  "Works on Paper", Boundary Gallery, London
  "Art '89", Art Fair, with the Boundary Gallery, London
  "Six Women in the Air", Air Gallery, London
1988 "New Generation Glasgow", Tron Theatre, Glasgow
    "The Painted Flower", Main Fine Art, Glasgow
  Glasgow Group, McLellan Galleries, Glasgow
  8th International Art Fair at Bath, with Compass Gallery
  Los Angeles International Art Fair, U.S.A
1987  Paisley Drawing Institute, Paisley
  "Day 17" Mum, Ran Out of Beans", Glasgow School of Art
  "Women Live, Inner dimensions", City Arts Centre, Edinburgh
   "Glasgow Girls", Boundary Gallery, London
1986 Academy Student's Exhibition, Kunstnernes Hus, Norway
  National Autumn Exhibition, Kunsternes Hus, Norway
1985  "New Generation", Compass Gallery, Glasgow
   R.G.I., McLellan Galleries, Glasgow
1984  "On the theme of Love", Collective Gallery, Edinburgh

Public and Private Collections

BBC Scotland
Collins gallery
Museum and Arts Loan Service
Europe, India and the U.S.A
Strathclyde University


1993 Two Bookcovers for Windhorse Publishers.
  One Bookcover for Oxford University Press
1988  17ft triptych on canvas for Glasgow Buddhist Centre


 Two 15ft murals for restaurant, Glasgow

Selected Bibliography

 "Glasgow Girls", Clare Henry, The Glasgow Herald, 23rd November 1987

"Here Come the Glasgow Girls", Dorothy Wade and Justine Picardie, The Independent, June 1987

"Glasgow Girls", Mary Rose Beaumont, Arts Review, November 1987

"Scotland" Clare Henry Arts Review, 8th May 1989

“Scottish Paintings: 1837 to the Present” William Hardie, pages 214-215, 1990

“Dictionary of Scottish Art and Architecture” Peter JM McEwan 1994

"Alison Harper, Angels wear Silver", Sandy Moffat, catalogue introduction, Compass gallery,

October 1995

"Passage to Magic of India, Alison Harper", Clare Henry, The Herald. 30th October 1995

"Alison Harper", W. Gordon Smith, The Scotsman. October 1995

"Storming the Citadel", Clare Henry, The Herald. 13th March 1997

"Journey into outer space", The Glasgow Herald, 15th May 1997

"Restoring Female Identity; Strategies by Scottish Female Artists", Catherine Agnes Stewart, Final year Dissertation, Glasgow School of Art, June 1997

"Later Editions, Prints from Glasgow", Martin Hopkinson, Iwate Art Festival, Japan, Introducing Scottish Culture and The Environment of Iwate, Catalogue essay. September 1998

"Myth and Story telling: The Work of Alison Harper", Urthona magazine, Autumn 1998

"Tongues of Diamond", Collins gallery catalogue introduction, Sandy Moffat, January 1999

"A Lore unto Themselves", The Herald 13th February 1999

"Tongues of Diamond", The List, 4th February 1999

"Mythmakers", Michael Murphy, Glasgow University Guardian, Jan. 1999

"Tongues of Diamond", Elizabeth Mahoney, The Scotsman, 28th January 1999

"The Body is Still a Good Read", Giles Sutherland, The Times, May 2000

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