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Gino Ballantyne

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Lives in

Works in

The Glasgow School of Art, 1987, BA(Hons) Drawing and Painting
Oxford Brookes University,Oxford, 2003, PGCE
2009, MFA Painting
University of the Arts- Wimbledon, 2009, MFA Painting

digital, photography, conceptual, installation, mixed-media, sculpture, figurative, abstract, Surface and Form


I think that we make art to confirm reality and to define our mortality, after all art comes closer to immortality than life itself. Proust said, "a work of art is the only means of regaining lost time". Vermeer said that scientific discovery and its, "search for truth and knowledge to replace superstition and chance, opens an abyss.” He went on to say that, “The task of art is not to solve enigmas but to prepare the eyes for never-ending delight and wonder.... [and] to reconcile man with surrounding reality".


I have work kept in private collections in Gt Britain, Japan, France, Germany, USA, Canada, Italy, Spain, Greece and Sweden and Public Colllections in Scotland.   

Selected: Solo Exhibitions include 

Dick Institute, Kilmarnock (1987); Sue Rankin Gallery, London (1990);  Glasgow Vennel Museum, Irvine (1990); Maclaurin Art Gallery, Ayr (1992);  Dick institute, Kilmarnock (1992); Gracefields Art Centre, Dumfries (1993); Milton Keynes Exhibition Gallery, Milton Keynes (1993);  University of Buckingham,  Buckingham (2006);  Mouvaux, near Lille, France, “Artist of Honour” (2006);  Atrium Gallery, Milton Keynes (2007) Stranraer Museum, Stranraer (2008). UCMK “Regarding the image of Violence”  Milton Keynes (2009)  Whitewall, Milton Keynes (2010)  UCMK Galleries, Milton Keynes  “The Conversation” (2012) The Barn Gallery, Westbury Studios, Milton Keynes, “No Comment”

Selected: Mixed 

Exhibitions include: Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh (1986);  Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Works on Paper (1985); Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow (1986); Royal Scottish academy, Edinburgh (1987);  Scottish Exhibition Centre Glasgow(1987); Compass Gallery, Glasgow (1987); Drew Gallery, Canterbury (1987); FlyingColours Gallery, Edinburgh (1987); Sue Rankin Gallery, London (1987); Clifford Street Fine Art, London (1988);  Thos. Agnew & Son Ltd, , “Young Contemporaries”, London  (1988);  Aylesbury County Museum, Aylesbury (1990);  Pitville Gallery, “Cheltenham Drawing Prize”, Cheltenham (1999);  Eich gallery, Hull (2000); Kunstlerwerkstaff Bahnhof Westend, Berlin, (2000);  Sint - Lukas Gallery, Brussels (2000);  MK Gallery, Milton Keynes (2001); Bow Arts Centre, London (2008); Jerwood Space, “Jerwood Drawing Prize”, London (2008);  Summerfield Gallery, Cheltenham (2008);  Winchester Discovery Centre (2009);  Bury St. Edmunds Art Gallery (2009);  Museum and Durham Art Gallery (2009);  The Nunnery, London (2009); Artworks, Milton Keynes (2009); UCMK Milton Keynes (2009 and 2010); Deutsche PostBank. London (2009 and 2010); Whitewall Milton Keynes (2011). Siena Arts Institute “Drawing Connections” (2011).  “The Story of the Creative”   Angel Oransaz Foundation, New York and the See exhibition Space, New York (2013);  “Creatives Rising” Projections Garden, Linc Lic Building, New York and See exhibi tion Space, New York (2013); Practical Dialogue” Eleven Gallery, Hull (2013) with subsequent tour Embrace Arts, Richard Attenborough Centre, Leicester (2013)  Alfred East Gallery, Kettering (2014): and MK Gallery, Milton Keynes (2014). 

Selected information for Awards, Prizes and Grant 

Scottish Brewers Prize; Buckinghamshire Arts Association Grants and Awards; 

Scottish Arts Council; Arts Council Touring; Koestler Trust; Awards For All;

shortlisted for Jerwood Drawing Prize 

shortlisted for Cheltenham Drawing Prize 

selected for MK Painting Prize  

Selected Residencies and Artist Placements and Projects include

Scottish Exhibition Centre, Glasgow

Royal Latin School, Buckingham 

Oxford Prison, Oxford      

Bicester Arts and Music Festival, Bicester Village 

Buckingham Music Festival, Buckingham 

Wormwood Scrubs, London 

HMP Bullingdon, Bicester

John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford

The Centre for Drawing, Wimbledon, University of the Arts London (Project) 

Selected: Recent Research Projects and texts include

“Additive Inverse 10 + (-10) = 0”, The Centre for Drawing, Wimbledon UAL  (University of the Arts London)(2008) 

“Regarding the Image of Violence” 2009 

“If Art is a Commodity”  2010 “Whitewall” 2010 

“Drawing into Imagination” 2010 

“Painting a Question of Confidence” (2010 )

“Laser Print”  (2011)

“From the Figure”  (2012)

“Collaboration” (2012)

“In A City” (2012)

“Drawn to Stitch” (2012)

Selected: Recent Curation Projects

“Journies” John Radcliffe Hospital (2006)

“The Body Beautiful” Wormwood Scrubs, London and The Koestler Centre, London (2004)

“Drawing into Imagination” UCMK Milton Keynes (2010)

“Painting a Question of Confidence” UCMK Milton Keynes (2010)

“Trispectives” UCMK Milton Keynes (2011)

“Laser Print”  UCMK Milton Keynes (2011)

“Threshold” Marsha Dunstan UCMK Milton Keynes (2012)

“Culture In Stone” UCMK (2012)

“Finishing Line” UCMK (2012)

“From the Figure” UCMK Milton Keynes (2012)

“In A City” UCMK (2012) in collaboration with CCBE

“Drawn to Stitch” UCMK  (2012)

“Safe Harbour” UCMK  (2012)

Selected - Recent publications

Black, Deschamps press, 2014

S. Baker et al, ‘Practical Dialogue’ in Printmaking Today. Vol. 22.No. 3. 2013 

MK Citizen, “No Comment” says  Westbury Studios, 2012 

The Disasters Of War, Exhibition catalogue 2012 

Diaspoas, Exhibition catalogue, 2010 

Regarding the Image of Violence, Exhibition catalogue, 2009 

Fringe MK 2010 catalogue 

Jerwood Drawing Prize 2008 catalogue 

Good to meet You, The Guardian, interview by Becky Barnicoat 1st November 2008   

Artwork Helps to Lift Spirits at Hospital, The Guardian August 23rd, 2006  

Journies, Awards for all Art Council publication. 2006  

Prisons and Hospitals are for Injured People, MAILOUT 2006  

The Body Beautiful, The Guardian 2004 

Artists in Britain since 1945, David Buckman Published by Goldmark Gallery

Recent Exhibits

Gino Ballantyne participated in these exhibits:

Jun, 2015 Ghost[ed.]
Dean Clough Galleries
Oct, 2014 Fragile Things
The Sainsbury Gallery
Feb, 2014 A Practical Dialogue
MK Gallery
Oct, 2013 Practical Dialogue
Embrace Arts, University of Leicester
Nov, 2012 Mixed Exhibition
UCMK Galleries
Sep, 2012 Jerwood Drawing Prize 2008
Jerwood Visual Arts at Jerwood Space
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