Muriel Barclay is a contemporary painter who has an interest in depicting figures within twenty-first century contexts . Muriel Barclay approaches her painting with dynamism and energetic physicality, a direct response to the dancers she portrays. It`s an important partnership for Muriel Barclay, it fuels her creative process, forcing her to re-examine the way she views movement and the human body, both sides committed to pushing their physical and creative limits.

Muriel Barclay has a host of successful solo shows to her credit and has received the Mabel MacKinlay Award and the Glasgow Art Club Fellowship from the RGI, the John Green Fine Art Award at the PAI and the Glasgow Society of Women Artists, special award. Her paintings hang in many public and private collections worldwide including Ernie Els, Sir Arnold Clark, Lord Harris, Sultan of Brunei, Alex McLeish, Sir Jack Harvey HBOS, Biggart Baillie, and Arisaig Partners.


Education: Edinburgh University –History, Philosophy, and History of Art.

Glasgow School of Art Continuing Education Programme

Open University – Modern Art, Practices and Debates

Exhibition history

Group exhibitions between 1997 and 2013:

Thompsons Gallery, Marylebone and Aldeburgh,

Contemporary Fine Arts, Eton

Edinburgh Gallery, Edinburgh

Green Gallery, Aberfoyle and Buchlyvie

John Noott, Broadway Modern Gallery,

Jerdan Gallery, Crail

Atholl Gallery, Dunkeld

Red Rag Gallery, Cotswolds

R.G.I., Glasgow

RSA , McLellan Galleries

Paisley Art Institute

Royal Society of British Artists, Mall Galleries, London

Gullane Art Gallery, East Lothian

Morningside Gallery, Edinburgh

Solo Exhibitions:

Glasgow Art Club March 2001

Eton Contemporary Fine Arts 2003,2005,2007,2009, 2011,2013

Edinburgh Gallery 2004, 2006,2008,2009,2011,2013

Broadway Modern April 2006

Thompson's Marylebone 2008 & 2010

Lemond Gallery 2012, 2013, 2018

Thompson's Gallery London 2019

Two-person Exh:

Kranenburg and Fowler May 2002

Stenton Gallery March 2003 & 2007

Green Gallery April 2004

Thompsons Marylebone October 2005

Mansfield Park, Glasgow Oct 2010

Special Features

 Atholl Gallery, Dunkeld 1999,2001,2002,2008,2010,2012

Green Gallery, Aberfoyle 2000, 2001, 2002 & 2005 Kranenburg & Fowler 2003, 2004

Stenton Gallery 2003, 2005, 2007

Jerdan Gallery, Crail 2005, 2007 & 2009


John Green Fine Art Award at the P.A.I., 1999.

Glasgow Art Club Fellowship awarded at R.G.I. 1999.

Glasgow Society of Women Artists’ Special Award 2000

Mabel Mackinlay Award, R.G.I. 2001


Ernie Els, Sir Arnold Clark, Lord Harris, Sultan of Brunei, Alex McLeish, Sir Jack Harvey, H.B.O.S., Biggart Baillie, Arisaig Partners