Mather, Gillian

“My interest is in exploring new approaches to figurative art. I paint rapidly, using simple brushstrokes and colours, avoiding inconsequential detail, to create elements of abstraction within a very basic semi-impressionistic form. I paint animals and humans and aim to capture the essence or soul of beings to express the emotion of human love. My work is influenced by Bonnard and Matisse, but especially by naïve art and cave paintings. I would like my paintings to give pleasure to people who are not normally interested in art. I aim to make the heart sing”



Summer Scholarship, Hospitalfield House, Arbroath.

David Murray Award for landscape painting, Royal Academy, London

Henriques Prize for best woman artist, Royal College of Art, London.



     D.A in Drawing and Painting, Edinburgh College of Art (1968).

     Postgraduate Scholarship in Painting, Edinburgh College of Art (1969).

M.A. in Painting, Royal College of Art, London (1972).


Solo Exhibition

2015 – ‘Love – The Souls of Men as Polar Bears’, Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh, 28th April-8th May.

Mixed Exhibitions (Selected)

2015 – Visual Arts Scotland:Transforming; Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh.

2012 – Outside the White Cube, Bemondsey Project Space, London.

2009 – Summer Exhibition, Paisley Art Institute, Paisley, Glasgow.

2009 – Visual Arts Scotland (VAS) Exhibition, Dumfries.

2007 – In Celebration of Scottish Art, The Russian State Library, St Petersburg, Russia.

2007 – Inaugural Exhibition, Eastwood Theatre Gallery, Glasgow.

2007 – Scottish Drawing Competition, Paisley Art Institute, Paisley, Glasgow.

2006 – The Summer Exhibition, The Royal Academy of Arts, London

2005 – Scottish Drawing Competition, Paisley Art Institute, Paisley, Glasgow.

2004 – Love in Art, The Ardean Gallery, London.

2001 – Pastel Society Annual Exhibition, The Mall Gallery, London.

2000 – The RSA Annual Exhibition, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh.

2000 – The Centenary Exhibition of The Pastel Society, The Mall Gallery, London.

1971 – The Edinburgh School 1946-1971, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh.

1969 – The Scottish Pernod Competition, Edinburgh.

1968 – Scottish Young Contemporaries, The Richard Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh.

1968 – Solo Exhibition, Pitlochry Theatre Gallery, Pitlochry.

1967 – The First Edinburgh Open 100, David Hume Tower, Edinburgh.