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Born in Dunfermline in Fife, Phil McLoughlin is an award-winning Scottish artist who has exhibited at galleries up and down the UK, including Harrogate, Glasgow, Forfar and Aberdeen. Spending time as a youngster in his grandfather’s studio proved hugely influential on his career path, with Phil even taking his grandfather’s name – McLoughlin - as his pseudonym. With no formal art qualification, Phil achieved success early on in his career, showing at the Scottish Young Contemporaries and St Andrews Festival, and winning the prestigious Pernod Prize at the Royal Scottish Academy. However, towards the late 70s, Phil swapped art for psychotherapy and completed his doctorate in philosophy in the mid-80s, and spent the next 20 years as a professor in England, and far-flung destinations such as Australia and Japan. But, by 2006, he had returned to his native Scotland to “explore the mercurial presence that had dogged himthroughout his life” and paint the ‘nothingness’ which lay behind his urge to create. Numerous accolades would soon follow - in 2012, he was elected as Professional Member of the Society of Scottish Artists and the following year, he was awarded the Walter Scott Prize from the Royal Glasgow Institute.

 

Our gallery curator, Sam Knowles says: “Phil constructs compositions from seemingly unrelated objects to suggest multiple meanings. With a brilliant collection of new paintings, his work intrigues, amuses and captivates in equal measure.”

THE PAINTINGS IN THIS EXHIBITION ARE ALL 'OF' THINGS BUT SHOULD NOT BE CONFUSED WITH THE THING BEING REPRESENTED. THEY INVITE YOU - THE VIEWER - TO ENCOUNTER THEM AND TO FIND WORDS OR PHRASES TO REPRESENT YOUR OWN, UNIQUE EXPERIENCE. EVEN IF YOU FIND IT DIFFICULT TO FIND THE WORDS, YOU WILL STILL HAVE THE EXPERIENCE, WHICH BELONGS ONLY TO YOU.
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