Studio Now and Then by JOE FAN RSA

Award-winning artist’s work goes on display at Robert Gordon University

The work of award-winning artist and Robert Gordon University (RGU) alumnus, Joe Fan RSA, has gone on display at the Sir Ian Wood Building at the University’s Garthdee Campus.

Joe Fan and George Cheyne

The exclusive ‘Studio Now and Then’ exhibition, which has been organised and selected by RGU Art and Heritage, opened with a special event for RGU staff on December 8, and is now open  daily to the public, running until January 22.

Following his graduation with a 1st Class Honours Fine Art Degree at Gray’s School of Art in 1988, Joe was awarded the Miller Homes Young Scottish Artist of the Year Award, which allowed him to travel to Paris and spend the year developing his craft.


Courtesy of RGU Art & Heritage Collections

In the 90s he returned to Aberdeen, performing a teaching role as a lecturer in Drawing and Painting at Gray’s until 1997.

After this, Joe decided to dedicate all his time to his work as an artist and has exhibited all over the world. In 2003 he was elected to be a Royal Scottish Academy Academician.

Joe said: “Although I live and work in Aberdeen, this will be my first exhibition on local soil in more than ten years.

“Working with RGU Art and Heritage, we have selected work spanning many years and this will give the visitors an opportunity to see a variety of my drawings and paintings from different stages in my career.

“It is great to be back at RGU, giving something back after all these years. When I first began at Gray’s back in the 80s, I could only have dreamed for the career I have had and the opportunities my art has given me.”


Courtesy of RGU Art & Heritage Collections


George Cheyne, collections assistant at RGU Art and Heritage, added: “It is indeed a pleasure for RGU Art and Heritage to host this exhibition of a selection of work from the Aberdeen studio of Gray’s School of Art alumnus Joe Fan RSA.

“Joe is a wonderful example of a hard working individual, who, for many years has dedicated and focused his time on the honing of his creative skills in a career as a professional artist.

“As an accredited MGS museum we relish the opportunity to celebrate the work of the artist while simultaneously creating an opportunity for members of the public and current graduates to engage with the artist and his work.”

Among the work on display will be, ‘Fontainebleau Reconstruction’, which Joe recently won runners’ up award in the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize.

Release by Rob Smith
Communications Officer | Design and Technology
Press and Media Enquiries

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: