Aberdeen artist ‘laps up’ success of degree show project

Contemporary Scottish artist, Fiona Thomson (43), is to graduate with a Master of Fine Art (MFA) from Robert Gordon University's Gray's School of Art at 2.30pm on Friday 10 December.

Fiona ThomsonOriginally from Aberdeen, but now living near Alford, Fiona has been extremely successful since completing her course, making her mark in the prestigious London art scene.

A highlight which proved to shape Fiona's career path was the response to her degree show project in which she was able to incorporate her two greatest passions, her dogs and the countryside, by featuring her Italian Greyhounds as the 'subjects'. Fiona's exhibition ‘Modern Art Dog Project' comprised of a series of photographs, drawings and paintings, which studied the ‘Dog Image' in contemporary culture.

Fiona's exhibition was received enthusiastically, resulting in her paintings being showcased at Bonhams in Edinburgh and the Affordable Art Fair in London. To add to this achievement, many of Fiona's degree show exhibition pieces have been sold to significant collections all over the country.

She says, "Having previously only exhibited in the North-east of Scotland, the success of my degree project throughout the UK has been remarkable, and I still have to pinch myself!"

Fiona previously achieved a Masters degree in Literature from Aberdeen University, and worked as a freelance artist for seven years, before following her dream of becoming an artist by enrolling to study for an MFA at Gray's School of Art.

She explains: "I had wanted to study at Gray's when I left school but life took me in other directions so this has been a long-standing ambition finally realised!"

Fiona had an exceptionally positive experience at the University, making the most of her two-year long course, including the opportunity to interact with practicing artists and her tutors.

She adds, "My course leader, Iain Irving, worked very hard to structure a programme that gave us all a broad insight into contemporary art while also pursuing our own specialisms. My whole outlook on the world of cutting edge art changed dramatically. As a result of the new work I began to produce whilst studying, I was approached by a London agency who took my work to the Affordable Art Fair, and are pitching on my behalf to one of their clients for a commission."

With regards to future plans, Fiona concluded: "Three of my paintings currently hang in the foyer of Bonhams in Edinburgh where I will hold a large solo show in spring 2011, which is very exciting. My painting entitled 'Ewe left me at the Underground' is on show at Country Frames Gallery in Leslie until January, and I am also working on a large commissioned painting for a private client. This is all as a direct result of my time studying at Gray's."

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Shade-anne Waddell
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Robert Gordon University
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