Jock McFadyen was born in Paisley in 1950 and moved to England aged 15 in 1966. He gained his BA and MA from Chelsea School of Art which he attended from 1973 - 1977.

His first solo show was held at the Acme Gallery in London in 1978. Since then he has had over 40 solo exhibitions including The National Gallery (residency show), Camden Arts Centre, Imperial War Museum, Manchester Art Gallery, Kelvingrove Glasgow, Talbot Rice (Edinburgh Festival) and Pier Art Centre (St Magnus Festival). His work has been included in a great many mixed exhibitions in the UK and abroad including John Moores, Hayward Annual and The British Art Show.

In 1981 McFadyen was appointed Artist in Residence at The National Gallery London and in 1991 McFadyen he designed sets and costumes for Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s last ballet, The Judas Tree, at The Royal Opera House Covent Garden.

McFadyen was elected to The Royal Academy in 2012 and in 2019 he was chief curator of that year’s Summer Exhibition.

McFadyen’s work is held in 40 public museum collections including Tate Gallery, National Gallery, V&A, British Museum and the Scottish Museum of Modern Art as well as many corporate and private collections in the UK and abroad.

McFadyen lives and works in London, Edinburgh and France.

Awards / Commissions

Elected Royal Academician


Designed sets and costumes for Kenneth MacMillan’s The Judas Tree, Royal Opera House


Prize winner John Moores Liverpool Exhibition 17


Artist in Residence at the National Gallery, London


Arts Council Major Award


Arts Council Award for film-making project


Public Collections

Amnesty International
Arts Council of Great Britain
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
BBC, London
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
British Council, London
British Museum, London
City of Edinburgh, Edinburgh
Contemporary Art Society, London
Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery
Glasgow Art Galleries, Glasgow
The Government Art Collection
The Guildhall, London
Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow
The Imperial War Museum, London
Kunsthalle, Hamburg
Leicester Education Authority
Lillie Art Gallery, Glasgow
Manchester Art Gallery
The Museum of London
The National Gallery, London
Pier Arts Centre, Orkney
Scottish Arts Council
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
Sheffield City Art Gallery
Tate Gallery, London
The Theatre Museum, London
University of Dundee
The Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Walsall Museum and Art Gallery
Whitworth Gallery, Manchester
Wolverhampton City Art Gallery
Worcester Art Gallery

Corporate Collections

Many private and corporate collections, including Clifford Chance, Deutsche Bank, Fleming Collection and Prudential