We round off 2016 and see in the New Year with a headline

show from acclaimed Scottish painter, Phil McLoughlin.

Born in Dunfermline, in Fife, Phil is an award-winning

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


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 him

throughout 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.”

Discussing his new work at The Biscuit Factory, Phil

explains: “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.”

Join us for an exclusive and intimate introduction from Phil,

where he will talk about his new collection and provide a

rare insight into his work. This will take place at 5.30pm on

11 November, ahead of the gallery opening its doors at 6pm

for our winter launch event. We only have 30 spaces available

- RSVP to to secure your place.

Clockwise from left:

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Boy, oil on canvas, 118cm

x 87cm, £2100; Circumflex, oil, 101cm x 101cm, £3000 and

Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Write, oil, 120cm x 66cm, £1750


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