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Alasdair Thomson

Born in 1983 - United Kingdom

BIOGRAPHY

Alasdair Thomson is a sculptor living and working in Edinburgh, Scotland. He is Italian-trained and has significant experience in carving large scale sculpture and other elements of decorative stonework, both in Scotland and abroad.

Since graduating from the University of Edinburgh in 2004 with a degree in History of Art, his experience of working in stone has been varied. He was apprenticed to the American sculptor Mark Mennin, in Connecticut, USA, and has undertaken the restoration of historic stone through working for a specialist firm in Edinburgh. He also studied sculpture in Italy in 2009/10, receiving his training from Italian masters in the studios of Mauro Beretini, and achieving his diploma in sculpture from the Senese Scuola Edile in Siena.

In November 2012, Alasdair Thomson was selected as a participating artist in the 2013 Open Exhibition at Edinburgh's Royal Scottish Academy. He went on to win the 2013 People's Choice Award for his submitted work titled 'Blouse'. In February 2013 he exhibited in his first solo exhibition, titled 'Fabricae'. Inspired by the drapery swathed around the shoulders of portrait busts, he was interested in producing his own contemporary take on a very classical subject, and sought to capture the way that fabric hangs and folds. His inclusion of ‘found’ elements in these sculptures are intended to enhance the ‘trompe l'oeil’, and challenge people’s perceptions of what is achievable in stone.

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EXHIBITIONS

2015

December 2015 – RSA OPEN Exhibition, The Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, EH2 2EL
March 2015 – The Art Movement, AAF Battersea, London
February 2015 – Radical Intent, Gallery 151, New York, NY

2014
October 2014 – Behind the Curtain, Mark Miller Gallery, New York, NY
June 2014 – on form 2014, Asthall Manor, Burford, Oxfordshire, OX18 4HW
March 2014 – Carrara Art Residency Exhibition, ABC Stone, Brooklyn, New York, NY
March 2014 – The Art Movement, AAF Hong Kong
March 2014 – The Art Movement, AAF London

2013
December 2013 – RSA OPEN Exhibition, The Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, EH2 2EL
October 2013 – RGI OPEN Exhibition, Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Art, G2 4ET
May 2013 – OPEN Exhibition, Paisley Art Institute, Paisley, PA1 2BA
February 2013 – Fabricae, The Fettes Gallery, East Fettes Avenue, Edinburgh EH4 1QX
February 2013 – By The Way They Hang And Turn, Old Ambulance Depot, EH7 5HS

2012
December 2012 – RSA OPEN Exhibition, The Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, EH2 2EL
October 2012 – Black Cube Collective, Old St Pauls, 39 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DH
September 2012 – Open Glass Doors, The Kings Hall, 41A South Clerk Street, EH8 9NZ
September 2012 – Black Cube Collective, Arts Complex, London Road, Edinburgh, EH7 6AE
August 2012 – 2020 Art, Royal College of Physicians, 9 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JQ

2011
June 2011 – Dawn Chorus, Dancing Light Gallery, Lamancha, West Linton, EH46 7BB
May 2011 – Recent Works, Craft House Concept, 31E Minto Street Edinburgh EH9 2BT

2010
October 2010 – Open Glass Doors, The Kings Hall, 41A South Clerk Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9NZ

2008
October 2008 – OF Exhibition, Fettes College, Carrington Road, Edinburgh, EH4 1QX
October 2008 – Open Glass Doors, The Kings Hall, 41A South Clerk Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9NZ


AWARDS

Creativity Award 2015, Creative Edinburgh
Artist in Residence 2014, Carving Studio & Sculpture Centre, West Rutland, VT
People’s Choice Award 2013, RSA OPEN ExhibitionBig Art For Kirkcudbright, July 2011, Kirkcudbright, Scotland

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