Rosemary Beaton studied at The Glasgow School of Art (1981-86) at a time when great emphasis was put on teaching drawing and highly figurative painting was re emerging. She was in 1st year when Stephen Campbell; Adrian Wiszniewski ; Ken Currie and Peter Howson were in their 4th year. Among her contemporaries were Mary Maclean; Alison Harper; Lesley Burr; Margaret Hunter and Helen Flockhart. Whilst still a student in third year she was the first Scot and youngest person to win the prestigious John Player National Portrait Award (now BP) in 1984, followed by GSA Alumni Alison Watt in 1987 and Allan Ramsay in 1988.


Rosemary Beaton CV
Born Scotland 1963.

Education | Public Art | Solo Exhibitions |Selected Group Exhibitions | Selected Prizes and Painting Commission

Collections | Artist in Residence/ Teaching Experience| Selected Bibliography



1986 Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Art, Highly Commended and
1985 B.A. Hons. Fine Art, First Class. Glasgow School of Art. Glasgow.


2018 Samson & Co publishes an illustrated book on the work of Rosemary Beaton

Public Art


Working with Henry Boot Developments ltd. Providing a series of workshops at the Howden Park centre, Livingston and a piece of public art for Almondvale Place for 2017.

2014 Present and Future. Entrance Art Work comprising 50m x 25m grass waves and 2 steel heads measuring 3m each at Prime Four, Aberdeen.

Construction Drawings, drawing1 and drawing2

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2006 West End Window. 11m x 2.2m Stained Glass Window on Ashton Lane, Glasgow. Rosemary Beaton and Alec Galloway. Commissioned by Palisade Properties Plc.
2004 The Brewery Cat Steel Railing; measuring 50m to mark the regeneration of Alloa town centre. Commissioned by Clackmannanshire Council. More Information.
2004 The Brewery Cat. A Public Art Schools’ Project, Alloa. Commissioned by Clackmannanshire Council.
2000 7ft Cacti Mosaic. The Atrium, Byres Road, Glasgow. Commissioned by Palisade Properties Plc

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Solo Exhibitions

2018 alternative Realities

Alternative Realities. 9 George Square, Glasgow.

2010 Solo Exhibition. Drum. Dunblane Street, Glasgow.
2009 Micas Apart Hotel Exhibition New Scottish and Spanish Painting. Micasa Apart Hotel, Market Street, Aberdeen – Permanent exhibition of 48 large scale paintings.
2007    Solo Exhibition. Mansfield Park Gallery, Glasgow.
1994  Solo Exhibition. The Warehouse Gallery, Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal.
1991    Solo Exhibition. Art from The Billiard Room. Glasgow.
1989 Solo Exhibition. Flying Colours Gallery, Edinburgh.
1987    Solo Exhibition. Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh.
1986 Solo Exhibition. Corners Gallery, Glasgow.

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Selected Group Exhibitions

Jan/Feb 2019 Perceptive Journey with June Carey and Damian Henry. Celtic Connections Festival, Cass Art, Glasgow
2016  Group exhibition.Lemond gallery,Glasgow
2015  September Song, Rodger Billcliffe Gallery , Glasgow 
2015  8 Scottish Artists, Lemond Gallery, Glasgow
2012  400 Women in Holland. Sugar City, Amsterdam.
2011  400 Women. Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh.
2010   400 Women. London.
2008   Venice. Vaila Fine Art, Shetland – Including Lesley Burr and Alison Harper. Vaila Fine Art, Glasgow Girls
2007  Watersongs. McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock – Including Alec Galloway, Jack Knox, James D Robertson and Pamela So.
2005 Monumental Women. Boundary Gallery, London – Including Alison Harper, Anita Klein, Niki de Saint Phalle and Paula Rego.
2004  Love. Vaila Fine Art, Lerwick, Shetland – Including Lesley Burr and Alison Harper.
2003 Sons and Mothers. Colins Gallery, Strathclyde University, Glasgow.
2003 Drawing from Experience. Rodger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow.
2002 Glasgow Girls. Shetland Museum, Lerwick, Shetland.

Boundary Gallery 2002 - Rosemary Beaton

4 Glasgow Girls. Boundary Gallery, London.

4 Glasgow Girls Boundary Gallery

2000    Marie R/Many Images of a Queen. Bourne Fine Art, Edinburgh.
2000    The Body is Still a Good Read. Pentagon Centre, Glasgow – Including Jennifer McRae, Alison Harper, Cathy Richmond and Diana Leslie.
1998    Venus Flower Basket. Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow.
1998       Dutch/German Touring Exhibition of Contemporary Scottish Art. Kumlus Gallery, Maasticht; World Trade Centre, Amsterdam and Aachen.
1998 Toungues of diamond Tongues of Diamond. Collins Gallery, Glasgow; City Gallery, Leicester and Smith Gallery, Stirling.
1997 5 Glasgow Girls 5 Glasgow Girls. Boundary Gallery, London
1995    The Hunting Art Prizes. Royal College of Art, London.
1995 The Continuing Tradition, 75 years of Painting at Glasgow School of Art. Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow.
1994    4 Glasgow School of Art Lecturers. Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow.
1993   Celebration-New British Art. Coode-Adams Martin Associates, London.
1993 Glasgow Group Developments. Intermedia Gallery, Glasgow.
1992  Glasgow Group. Queens Hall, Edinburgh.
1992 The Portrait. Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal.
1992   13 Scottish Women Artists. Dunfermline District Museum, Dunfermline.
1992     Ten Years of the JP Portrait Awards Ten Years of the John Player Portrait Award. National Portrait Gallery, London.
1990  Rosemary Beaton and Alison Harper. Boundary Gallery, London.
1990  Anchored in Figuration. The Arches, Glasgow.
1989 Rosemary Beaton and Mary Maclean Step Gallery 1989Rosemary Beaton and Mary MacLean.
Festival Exhibition, Step Gallery,
1989 8 Women Artists. Perth Festival of Arts, Perth Museum and Art Gallery, Perth.
1986   The Glasgow Girls - 5 Group Show. Boundary Gallery, London.
1986  Rank Zerox. UK Travelling.
1985   New Contempories. UK Travelling.
1984   Athena International. Mall Galleries, London.
1984  John Player National Portrait Award Exhibition. National Portrait Gallery, London.


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Selected Prizes and Painting Commissions

2016 Eugene Twist.Album Cover for the Stuntman
2016 Commissioned by Drum Property group - 10 paintings for their new Glasgow office
2009 48 large scale paintings for Micasa Aparthotel, Aberdeen
1994 Culverwell & Co. Edinburgh. Alan Watt & Co. Glasgow.
1989 Commendation Prize. Morrison Scottish Portrait Award, Royal Academy, Edinburgh.
1989  Commissioned by The Church of Scotland to paint Reverend Ian Reid OBE.
1985 Emmy Sachs Drawing Prize, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow.
1985  Commissioned to paint Sir Robin Day ( Television and Radio Journalist) for the National Portrait Gallery, London.
1984  Commissioned to paint Lord Provost Gray, Glasgow.
1984     Glasgow School of Art Summer Scholarship to “Hospital Field House”, Arbroath.
1984    John Player National Award 1984 Winner of the John Player National Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London.

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The National Portrait Gallery, London; The British Broadcasting Corporation; Motherwell District Council, Glasgow;
BBC Productions Tutti Fruitti and Paris; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, London; Phillip A Bruno, New York;
Micasa Apart Hotel, Aberdeen and The Grace of The Birch. Collection for the Ward Block, Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow.

Artist in Residence | Teaching

2006-2017 Life Drawing and Painting Tutor. Glasgow School of Art; Continuing Education.
2008-2017 Visiting Painting Tutor. The Essential School of Painting, London.
2013-2014 Artist in Residence. Kingswell, Aberdeen.
2006-2008  Artist in Residence/ Drawing Tutor. Glass Department, Edinburgh College of Art.
1990-1997  1st& 2nd Year Tutor. Painting Department, Glasgow School of Art.
1985  On the Judging panel of the National Portrait Award 1985.NPG,London.

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Selected Bibliography

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