Gordon Bryce RSA RSW


Gordon Bryce was born in Edinburgh in 1943. He studied at Edinburgh College of Art, where Sir Robin Philipson was Head of Drawing and Painting and Sir William Gillies was Principal.

His love of colour and texture began there, and has stayed with him since. After graduating, Gordon moved to Aberdeen, where he was appointed as a Lecturer in Printmaking at Gray’s School of Art, in 1968 and then became head of Fine Arts from 1986-1995, before devoting himself full time to his own painting.

Gordon Bryce captures the landscape around Aberdeen – the River Dee through the seasons, mid winter hill farms and the thick birch woods that surround his house – with a confidence in colour second to none. In the late 1990’s, he created a remarkable series of London paintings which offered a new perspective on the capital and led to three sell out solo exhibitions. In 2008, Gordon was then chosen, to paint the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, for an exhibition in The Mayoral Suites at the Kensington Town Hall.  This was held in conjunction with Thackeray Gallery, and the Mayor of Kensington & Chelsea.

Solo Exhibitions from 1966 – present include:
New 57 Gallery, Edinburgh Festival; Absalom Gallery, Bath Festival; Richard Demarco Gallery; University of Aberdeen; McMurray Gallery, London; Royal Edinburgh Hospital; The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh; Edinburgh University; Grape Lane Gallery, York; Kingfisher Gallery, Edinburgh; Yperifanos Gallery, New York; Macaulay Gallery, Stenton; Ancrum Gallery, Ancrum; The Rendezvous Gallery, Aberdeen; Bruton Gallery, Bath; Jorgensen Fine Art, Dublin; Corrymella Scott Gallery, Newcastle; Henselwood Gallery, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne; Thackeray Gallery, London.

Awards Include:
Chalmers Bursary: Royal Scottish Academy – Keith Prize: Royal Scottish Academy, 1965; First Prize: Pernod Scottish Academy Competition, 1967; Arts Council Award, 1968 & 1971; Latimer Award, Royal Scottish Academy, 1969; Elected Associate of the Scottish Royal Academy & elected Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour, 1976; May Marshall Brown Award, 1977; Major Arts Council Award, 1980; Educational Institute of Scotland Award, 1981; Shell Expo. Premier Award, 1982; Sir William Gillies Traveling Scholarship, 1984; Scottish Postal Board Award, 1986.

Gordon Bryce is now a highly established figure, and his contribution to the Art World is immense.  His exhibitions both in London, with Thackeray Gallery, and in Scotland have spanned over 40 years.  His work is now in many Public Collections and Private Collections worldwide.

He plays an active role in the Royal Scottish Academy, of which he is a senior member, continuing to support the next generation of Scottish artists.

Gordon Bryce has been exhibiting with Thackeray Gallery since 1986.