James Tweedie

Artist Biography

Born Manchester,1951. James Tweedie currently lives and works in Glasgow. Tweedie's work infuses landscape with figuration and dreamlike whimsy.

Awards & Distinctions

Former member of Glasgow League of Artists, 1974/5 and the Glasgow Group, 1988/91. Elected RGI 2016.

WM Bowie Award, Paisley Art Institute, 2003

Maude Gemmill Hutcheson Prize, Royal Scottish Academy, 2010

Scottish Arts Club Award, Royal Scottish Academy, 2015

Exhibiting History

Thompson's Gallery London: 'Autumn Exhibition 2018 - September 2018

Thompson's Gallery London: 'Sophie Levi & James Tweedie' dual exhibition - April 2017

Compass Gallery, Glasgow: 1972, 1993, 2003, 2006, 2011

Hillhead Underground Gallery, Glasgow: 1981

Open Circle, Glasgow: 1986, 1989

Arts Guild, Greenock: 1987

The Inn on the Green, Glasgow: 1989

Cormund Gallery, Glasgow: 1990, 1991

Flagstones, Thurso: 1997

Thompson's Gallery, London: 2007, 2009

House for an Art Lover, Glasgow: 2007

Thompson's Gallery, London: Feb. 2017

The Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh: October 2017

Select Mixed Exhibitions

Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, regular exhibitor and....

Invited Artist, Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition 2010 curated by Ian McCulloch.

Society of Scottish Artists, Edinburgh

Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts, Glasgow, regular exhibitor.

Paisley Art Institute, Paisley

Kunsthaus, Nurnberg, W. Germany, 1985, exhibition of 'Contemporary Scottish Art' and touring to four other venues.

The Compass Contribution, '21 Years of Contemporary Art', Tramway, Glasgow, 1990

'Surrealist Tendencies in Contemporary Scottish Art', Open Circle, Glasgow, 1990

Fundacion Alzate, Bilbao, Spain, 1990

'Patron and Painters', Smith Art Gallery & Museum, Stirling, 1995

'Compass Celebrates the Life of Robert Burns', touring exhibition to five venues, 1996

'Pride and Passion', RoyalScottish Museum, Edinburgh, 1996

'A Patch of their Own', Compass Gallery touring exhibition to seven venues, 1997/8

Critics Choice, (Clare Henry), Glasgow Art Club, 1997

'Contemporary Scottish Art', touring exhibition to Maastricht, Amsterdam, Aachen, Rheims, Troyes & Paris, 1997/8

Contemporary Art Fair, The Hague, Holland, April 1998

Art 1992-2010 inclusive, The Business Design Centre, Islington, London, with Compass Gallery

Glasgow Art Fairs, with Compass Gallery

Edinburgh Gallery, Edinburgh

Thompson's Gallery, London

Red Rag Gallery, Stow-on-the-Wold

Langham Fine Art, Bury St. Edmunds

Glasgow Group 50th anniversary exhibition, Glasgow City Concert Hall 2008

Invited artist, Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition 2010

"The Force and Form of Memory", Compass Gallery, Glasgow and thereafter touring to many venues across Scotland, throughout 2011/12.

Stafford Gallery, London 2012 – 2016 inclusive.

RSW (The Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour), Edinburgh.

Realisme Art Fair, Amsterdam 2015, with Thompsons Gallery.


"We're All Big Boys Now", twenty minute film about Glasgow League of Artists, Siddharta Films, 1975

"Glasgow Group 1958-1990"; 36p ill.b/w, pub. Glasgow Group, 1990

"Surrealist Tendencies in Contemporary Scottish Art"; 32p ill. b/w, pub. Open Circle, Glasgow, 1990

(Author of introduction and notes on artists)

."James Tweedie – New Glasgow Paintings"; 12p ill. Col & b/w pub. Compass Gallery, Glasgow, 1993

"James Tweedie – New Paintings", 6 sided card, full colour, Compass Gallery, Glasgow, 2003

"James Tweedie – Imagination & Reality" 6 sided card, full colour, Compass Gallery, Glasgow, 2006

"James Tweedie" 4 sided card, full colour, Thompson's Gallery, London, 2007

"The Glasgow Group, 1958-2008", 110p ill. colour throughout, Glasgow, 2008

"James Tweedie" 4 sided card, full colour, Thompson's Gallery, London, 2009

The Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition 2010 catalogue.

"The Dictionary of Scottish Painters, 1600 to the Present", ed. Julian Halsby and Paul Harris, pub. Birlin 2010.

Works on the BBC "Your Paintings" website;