Born Manchester: 1951. Lives and works in Glasgow.
Former member of Glasgow League of Artists, 1974/5 and the Glasgow Group, 1988/91.
Elected RGI: 2016.
Bio: James Tweedie, born 1951; has exhibited widely since 1972 with many solo exhibitions in London, Glasgow and Edinburgh; has also been included in
numerous group and survey shows in Glasgow, Edinburgh, London, exhibitions of Scottish Art in Nurnberg, Amsterdam, Paris, Bilbao. Awards include the William Bowie Award at the Paisley Art Institute, the Maude Gemmill Hutcheson Prize and the Scottish Arts Club Award, both at the Royal Scottish Academy. Has work in many collections across the UK, France, Canada and the
USA. “The paintings are usually about my experience of places that I know, altered during the making in an attempt to express the mystery of our relationship to the world; moments of epiphany, wonder and perhaps a visual poetry that cannot be explained in words.”
“Dream-like, ethereal and uncanny, James Tweedie’s urban landscapes are threaded with surrealism and mystery. Looming storm clouds and sprawling shadows unfurl across Tweedie’s canvases, shrouding ordinary landscapes with a layer of gravity. Taking odd corners of towns and cities, Tweedie transforms familiar surroundings into intriguing scenes which beckon the mind to wander.” Thompson’s Gallery, London.
“Tweedie…excels in moody realism and mystery” Clare Henry, The Herald.
“…the ability to render the ordinary extraordinary…” Giles Sutherland, The Times.
Thompson’s Gallery, London: Feb. 2017
The Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh: October 2017
Compass Gallery, Glasgow: 1972, 1993, 2003, 2006, 2011
Hillhead Underground Gallery, Glasgow: 1981
Open Circle, Glasgow: 1986, 1989
Arts Guild, Greenock: 1987
The Inn on the Green, Glasgow: 1989
Cormund Gallery, Glasgow: 1990, 1991
Flagstones, Thurso: 1997
Thompson’s Gallery, London: 2007, 2009
House for an Art Lover, Glasgow: 2007
MIXED EXHIBITIONS INCLUDE:
Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, regular exhibitor and….
Invited Artist, Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition 2010 curated by Ian McCulloch.
Society of Scottish Artists, Edinburgh
Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts, Glasgow, regular exhibitor.
Paisley Art Institute, Paisley
Kunsthaus, Nurnberg, W. Germany, 1985, exhibition of ‘Contemporary Scottish Art’ and touring to four other venues.
The Compass Contribution, ‘21 Years of Contemporary Art’, Tramway, Glasgow, 1990
‘Surrealist Tendencies in Contemporary Scottish Art’, Open Circle, Glasgow, 1990
Fundacion Alzate, Bilbao, Spain, 1990
‘Patron and Painters’, Smith Art Gallery & Museum, Stirling, 1995
‘Compass Celebrates the Life of Robert Burns’, touring exhibition to five venues, 1996
‘Pride and Passion’, RoyalScottish Museum, Edinburgh, 1996
‘A Patch of their Own’, Compass Gallery touring exhibition to seven venues, 1997/8
Critics Choice, (Clare Henry), Glasgow Art Club, 1997
‘Contemporary Scottish Art’, touring exhibition to Maastricht, Amsterdam, Aachen, Rheims, Troyes & Paris, 1997/8
Contemporary Art Fair, The Hague, Holland, April 1998
Art 1992-2010 inclusive, The Business Design Centre, Islington, London, with Compass Gallery
Glasgow Art Fairs, with Compass Gallery
Edinburgh Gallery, Edinburgh
Thompson’s Gallery, London
Red Rag Gallery, Stow-on-the-Wold
Langham Fine Art, Bury St. Edmunds
Glasgow Group 50th anniversary exhibition, Glasgow City Concert Hall 2008
Invited artist, Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition 2010
“The Force and Form of Memory”, Compass Gallery, Glasgow and thereafter touring to many venues across Scotland, throughout 2011/12.
Stafford Gallery, London 2012 – 2016 inclusive.
RSW (The Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour), Edinburgh.
Realisme Art Fair, Amsterdam 2015, with Thompsons Gallery.
“We’re All Big Boys Now”, twenty minute film about Glasgow League of Artists, Siddharta Films, 1975
“Glasgow Group 1958-1990”; 36p ill.b/w, pub. Glasgow Group, 1990
“Surrealist Tendencies in Contemporary Scottish Art”; 32p ill. b/w, pub. Open Circle, Glasgow, 1990
(Author of introduction and notes on artists)
.“James Tweedie – New Glasgow Paintings”; 12p ill. Col & b/w pub. Compass Gallery, Glasgow, 1993
“James Tweedie – New Paintings”, 6 sided card, full colour, Compass Gallery, Glasgow, 2003
“James Tweedie – Imagination & Reality” 6 sided card, full colour, Compass Gallery, Glasgow, 2006
“James Tweedie” 4 sided card, full colour, Thompson’s Gallery, London, 2007
“The Glasgow Group, 1958-2008”, 110p ill. colour throughout, Glasgow, 2008
“James Tweedie” 4 sided card, full colour, Thompson’s Gallery, London, 2009
The Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition 2010 catalogue.
“The Dictionary of Scottish Painters, 1600 to the Present”, ed. Julian Halsby and Paul Harris, pub. Birlin 2010.
Works on the BBC “Your Paintings” website; http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/artists/tweedie-james-b-1951
Wm. Bowie award, Paisley Art Institute, 2003
Maude Gemmill Hutcheson Prize, Royal Scottish Academy, 2010
Scottish Arts Club Award, Royal Scottish Academy, 2015