Alexander Moffat OBE RSA

Alexander Moffat OBE RSA

About the Artist

b. 1943     Scottish

One of Europe’s foremost 20th and 21st century portraitists.

Currently Chair of the Essential School of Painting

2018                Awarded Honorary Doctorate Glasgow School of Art, where he encouraged a new generation of Scottish figurative painters including Peter Howson, Ken Currie and Steven Campbell. He was Head of Painting and Printmaking here 1992-2005 as well as Chair of the School of Fine Art 1998-2000.

2006                Awarded OBE for services to the arts

2004                Elected to Royal Scottish Academy


City Art Centre, Edinburgh; Democratic Left Scotland; Dundee Art Galleries and Museums Collections, Scotland; Kirkcaldy Galleries, Fife, Scotland; Museum of the Isle of Skye; Òran Mór, Glasgow; Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow; Richard Demarco Archive; Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, Bournemouth, UK; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh; Saltire Society, Scotland;  Orkney Museum, Kirkwall, Orkney Islands; University of Edinburgh; Yale Centre for British Art, Connecticut USA;  private collections.


Facing the Nation: The Portraiture of Alexander Moffat, Bill Hare (Edinburgh: Luath, 2018)

Arts and the Nation, Alan Riach with Alexander Moffat and John Purser (Edinburgh: Luath, 2017)

Arts of Independence, Alexander Moffat and Alan Riach (Edinburgh: Luath, 2014)

Arts of Resistance, Alexander Moffat and Alan Riach with Linda MacDonald-Lewis (Edinburgh: Luath, 2008)

Recent news: discovery of the artist’s preparatory sketches for his portrait of Glasgow poet Edwin Morgan. Learn more:

A poet and a pencil: Artist reveals unseen sketches that inspired famous portrait of Edwin Morgan

You can see the artist speaking about his work on the Gallery’s new YouTube channel here.