ABOUT STEPHEN

My paintings contain thoughtful figures absorbed in a sense of narrative. Composition & draughtsmanship as well as colour all contribute to the story unfolding in each scene. Figures gaze from their world with telling looks, often sharing the composition with objects that have symbolic relevance to the story.

1971 Born, Irvine, Scotland
1989-93 BA (hons) Design 1st Class, Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen
1994-95 MA, Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen
1999-04 North East Artists Provision of Studios (NEAPS) Registered Charity, Secretary
2004-06 North East Artists Provision of Studios (NEAPS) Registered Charity, Chairman
2006-2008 North East Artists Provision of Studios (NEAPS) Registered Charity, Secretary
2009 Part time Lecturer, Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen

COMMISSIONS

STEPHEN SHANKLAND PRICE GUIDE

Oil
30 x 25 inches £7,000
36 x 28 inches £9,000
40 x 30 inches £11,000
50 x 40 inches £16,000
60 x 40 inches from £20,000

This is a rough fee-guide for a single portrait. Frame, travel & accommodation expenses, and VAT are not included. For groups and non-standard sizes please ask for a quote.

METHOD OF WORKING

I can paint groups and am happy to travel to my sitter for the two or more sittings which I need. All my paintings are oil and gold leaf on board. I am not currently registered for VAT.

NOTABLE SITTERS

  • 1999 Series of 10 illustrations for limited edition 40 year old Glenfarclas Whisky
  • 2004 The Miracle (Wife & Son, BP Portrait Award 1st Prize)
  • 2004 Laura & Louise Merchant
  • 2005 Peter Mullan, actor/director (Shortlisted, Garrick/Milne Prize)
  • 2005 The Storm (Lyndsey Dawson portrait, Runner up in LPS Prize)
  • 2005 Eleanor Grundy2006 Bernard Hill, actor
  • 2006 James & Phillipa Lord
  • 2006 Before the Game (Conrad & Casper Paxton)
  • 2006 Before the Return (Hanne, Rolf & Kristine Vaagen)
  • 2006 The Telephone (Dr Margaret Black)
  • 2006 Tiffany (Angharad & Rhiannon Jones)
  • 2006 John Reynolds, Aberdeen Lord Provost
  • 2007 Richard Ramsay, US Amateur Golf Champion 2006
  • 2007 Bob Le Sueur, Jersey Art Gallery & Museum
  • 2008 Ian McDiarmid, actor/theatre director
  • 2008 Evan Redford
  • 2008 Sir Peter Mansfield, The National Portrait Gallery, London
  • 2008 Godfather (Neil McLeod with Jordan & Jessica Lyon)
  • 2009 Peter Chapman Lay Canon St Paul’s Cathedral
  • 2009 Anton Muscatelli, Principal & Vice Chancellor Heriot Watt University
  • 2009 Arnold Palmer, Professional Golfer
  • 2010 Annmarie and Tristan Pendelton
  • 2010 Arthur Ryan, founder of Primark
  • 2011 Jordan MacAskill (The Singer)
  • 2011 Victoria Cavanagh (in Progress)

EXHIBITIONS

Group Exhibitions:

  • Aberdeen Artists Society Exhibition, Aberdeen Art Gallery
  • Aberdeen Art Centre, Aberdeen
  • Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
  • BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London
  • Rendezvous Gallery, Aberdeen
  • Tolquhon Gallery, Aberdeenshire
  • The Leith Gallery, Edinburgh
  • Thompson’s Gallery, Marylebone, London
  • Baillie Gallery, London
  • Red Rag Gallery, Stow-on-the-Wold
  • Glasgow Art Fair 2005
  • The Garrick/Milne Prize, London 2005
  • Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize Exhibition, London 2005
  • The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London 2006
  • Aspect Prize, Paisley Art Institute 2006
  • Singer & Friedlander Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, Mall Galleries, London 2006
  • Chambers Gallery, London 2006
  • Battersea Art Fair, London 2006
  • The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London 2007-2010
  • Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize Exhibition, London 2007
  • The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London 2008
  • RWS/Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2008
  • Chichester National Open Art Competition 2008
  • Sue Ryder, Art Liberating Lives 2008
  • McAuley Fine Art 2009
  • Auld Kirk Gallery, Aberdeen 2009
  • StAndrew’s Links Trust Shop
  • Turnberry Golf Club Shop
  • Chapel Row Gallery, Bath
  • A Gallery, London 2009-2010

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2005 Passengers, Rendezvous Gallery, Aberdeen
  • 2007 Journeys, Rendezvous Gallery, Aberdeen
  • 2010 Jersey Arts Centre, St Helier, Channel Islands

Books & Catalogues

  • 1999 Entry in The Dictionary of Artists in Britain Since 1945,
  • David Buckman, Art Dictionaries Ltd, Bristol, England
  • 2008 Cover illustration, Doing Pragmatics by Peter Grundy
  • 2011 500 Portraits – BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery

Public Collections

  • The National Portrait Gallery, London
  • Aberdeen Art Gallery
  • Aberdeen City Council
  • Royal Aberdeen Golf Club
  • Jersey Art Gallery & Museum
  • St Paul’s Cathedral Chapter House, London
  • BP Headquarters
  • Heriot-Watt University

AWARDS

  • 1996 Shell Expro Employees Award, Aberdeen Art Gallery
  • 1999 Morrison Portrait Award, RSA Edinburgh, Commendation Award
  • 2001 Gray’s Former Students, Aberdeen Art Gallery, First prize
  • 2004 BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London, First prize
  • 2005 The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, London, Runner up 2005
  • 2008 Member, The Royal Society of Portrait Painters (RP)
  • 2008 Chichester National Open Art Competition 2008, Regional Prize Winner (Scotland)
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