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Ewan McClure is a freelance painter and is currently Artist-in-Residence at Broughton House, Kirkcudbright.

Following his appearances as a finalist on Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year, 2013, where he painted Michael Kerr, Sophie Dahl and AP McCoy, his rapidly executed realist portraiture has been in steady demand both in the UK and abroad.

He was selected as a finalist in the BP Portrait Award in 2013, and in 2015 was shortlisted for the prestigious Conversations Prize for a multi-figure painting at The Royal Society of Portrait Painters.

Practising observational still-life and landscape painting as well as portraiture, his work hangs in private and public collections including The Robert Fleming collection, Princeton Theological Seminary and The Royal Scottish Academy.

Ewan has a solo exhibition, New Work, at The Kirkcudbright Galleries, May 13 - August 13, 2023.

Photo: Mark Kenneth Jackson

Ewan McClure (b. 1975)

Educational Qualifications:
1997 B.A. (Hons.), Gray's School of Art 


Scholarships and Awards:

2018 - Present, Artist-in-Residence, Broughton House, Kirkcudbright 

2017 Scottish Portrait Award Commendation 

2013 Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year, Finalist 

2008 Glasgow Art Club Fellowship Award 

2008 James Torrance Memorial Award, Royal Glasgow Institute

1997, 1998 & 2000 Elizabeth Greenshields Grant (Montreal)

1999 Artists' Pad Painting Prize

1997 John Kinross Travelling Scholarship, Florence

1997 Deveron Arts, Artist in Residence, Huntly


Selected Collections:

Royal Scottish Academy; Robert Fleming Holdings Ltd; Princeton Theological Seminary; Edinburgh University


2013 Troubleshooting features, Artists and Illustrators Magazine, March, Apr, May.

2013 Easel Words, The Jackdaw, Sept, Oct.

2017 Artist in Residence, Scotland Magazine, Issue 91.

2018 The Lifeblood of Broughton House Dumfries & Galloway Life, Sep.

2019 Eye of the Beholder, Dumfries & Galloway Life 

Broadcast Media:

2023 BBC 1 Antiques Road Trip
2021 BBC Scotland, Landward
2019 ITV Border Life
2013 Sky Arts, Portrait Artist of the Year 

List of Exhibitions:


2022 Inside and Out, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

2020 Solo, The Kirkcudbright Galleries

2019 Gravity and Light , The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

2018 Broughton House Portraits, Broughton House, Kircudbright

2018 Artist and Muse, Castlegate House Gallery, Cockermouth

2012 Recent Work, Mill on the Fleet, Gatehouse, 

2008 An Encounter with Hornel, Broughton House, Kirkcudbright

2001 Housemates, Orchardton House, by Castle Douglas

1999 Windows, Artists Gallery, Aberdeen

1998 Northern Light, Italian Sunlight, Duff House, Banff

1996 Former Pupil, St. Machar Academy


2015 RP Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

2013 Visual Arts Scotland, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

2013 RSA Open Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

2010 RSA Open Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

2009 Royal Glasgow Institute, The Mitchell, Glasgow

2009 RSA Spring Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

2008 Royal Glasgow Institute, The Mitchell, Glasgow

2004 Royal Glasgow Institute, Roger Billcliffe, Glasgow

2001 Royal Glasgow Institute, MacLellan Galleries, Glasgow

1995-1996, 1998, 2000, 2011-2012Aberdeen Artists' Society, Aberdeen Art Gallery 

Group (Selected):   

2013 Sky Arts Portrait Artist Finalists, National Portrait Gallery, London

2013 BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London

2011 Christmas Exhibition, Resipole at the Drey, Suffolk

2011 Spring Fling, Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries

2011 February Show, Art Exposure, Glasgow

2010 Five, Group Show, Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow

2010 Spring Exhibition, Glasgow Art Club

2008-2009 Impressions of Galloway, McGill Duncan Gallery, Castle Douglas

2007 Still life, Red Barn, Melkinthorpe, Cumbria

2007 Three Men In A Boat, The Whitehouse, Kirkcudbright

2006 Summer Exhibition, The Whitehouse, Kirkcudbright

2006 Enchanted Summer, Drumoak, Aberdeenshire

2005 A Galloway Gathering, Red Barn, Melkinthorpe, Cumbria

2003 Face to Face, Gracefield, Dumfries

2002-2014 Spring Exhibitions, Blythswood Gallery, Glasgow

2001-2014 Christmas Exhibitions, Blythswood Gallery, Glasgow   

2001 Dinner Party – The Next Course, Riverside Gallery, Stonehaven

2001 Galerie du Bois d'Amour, Pont Aven, Brittanny

1999, 2002 Gray's Former Students' Club, Aberdeen Art Gallery

1997 The Three Degrees, Battlehill Lodge, Huntly

Selected Student Show, His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen

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