Norman Kirkham

Norman Kirkham RGI

Born 1936Norman Kirkham Self-portrait
Glasgow School of Art 1953 – 58

I love painting. The smell of linseed oil and turpentine. The tactile quality of paint.I have been influenced by Jean-Baptiste Simeon Chardin, the Glasgow Boys, the Scottish Colourists, William Nicholson and many others. I enjoy the ability to lose myself on canvas and sometimes even get paid to do so!

I feel that my strengths lie in composition and design: my interests extend from still life and landscape to portraiture and genre painting. In the last couple of years I have been looking at and exploring the idiosyncratic characters I see around and about Glasgow.

He is a past President Glasgow Art Club; past Honorary Secretary Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts and hanger for a decade or more.


HRH The Duke of Edinburgh Peoples’ Palace, Glasgow Macfarlane Charitable Trust Arthur Andersen
Teachers Whisky

Exhibitions – Solo and Mixed

The Kelly Gallery
Eastwood Park Theatre
Glasgow Art Club

Roger Billcliffe Gallery

Barclay Lennie Fine Art
Fosse Gallery, Stow on the Wold
Frames Contemporary Gallery, Perth
John Martin, London
Richard Hagen
Open Eye, Edinburgh
City Gallery, London
Richmond Hill, London
Manse Gallery, Plockton
John Green, Glasgow
Scottish National Portrait Gallery – Exhibition and Demonstration Painting of Elaine C Smith


1985 & 1992 DWT Cargill Award RGI
1985  Macfarlane Charitable Trust Award RGI
1986  Clydesdale Bank Award RGI
1992  Teachers Whisky Travel Scholarship RGI
1994  Alexander Stone Foundation RGI