My work exists on the boundaries of Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Digital Imaging. I have been referencing images, primarily from the History of Art, to explore ideas concerned with national identity, literature and aspects of contemporary culture. These images are combined in processes of construction, painting and photography in order to create a multi-referential artwork. Much of this work has been concerned with the very process of looking, perceiving and interpreting. The potential meanings of any individual piece being intrinsically linked to the viewer’s personal deconstruction of the photograph. In this respect I have made a point of utilising the unique fixed-point perspective of the camera to collect the manipulated and constructed image in order to create elaborate narratives. These narratives have the quality of being both open and closed. They are closed in that they clearly refer to given icons and archetypes of Western culture, but open in that they accommodate any number of potential readings. These readings, in turn, reflect the contemporary cultural climate and the unique authorial role of the viewer.
1979-1983 Diploma in Sculpture, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee.
1983-1985 MA in Photography, Royal College of Art, London.
1985-1993 Lived and worked as artist in London.
1993-2001 Lecturer in Fine Art, University of Dundee.
1995-1996 Senior Research Fellow in Digital Imaging, University of Northumbria. 2001- present Professor of Fine Art Photography, University of Dundee.
1983: SED Travelling Fellowship
1986: Prize-winner, ‘Young European Photographer of the Year Award’
1987: The Photographers Gallery ‘Brandt Award’
1989: Royal Photographic Society Gold Medal
1997: The 13th Higashikawa Overseas Photographer Prize 2000: SAC/National Lottery Creative Scotland Award
2000:Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship
2002: Carnegie Trust Award
2003: Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland (Set Design)
2006: Maude Gemmell Hutchison Prize, Royal Scottish Academy.
2007: AHRC Research Leave Award
2008: Sir William Gillies Bequest, Royal Scottish Academy.
1987-1990: ‘Calum Colvin’ Kathleen Ewing Gallery, Washington DC; Sander Gallery, New York; Friedman-Guinness Gallery, Heidelberg; Torch Gallery, Amsterdam; Richard Pomoroy Gallery, London; Seagate Gallery, Dundee; Salama Caro Gallery, London; Galeria 57, Madrid; Glenn/Dash Gallery, Los Angeles; California State University, Long Beach, California; Friedman-Guinness Gallery, Frankfurt; Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney; Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston; Portfolio Gallery, Edinburgh.
1991:’The Two Ways of Life’ Art Institute of Chicago; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Nickle Arts Museum, Calgary; Winnipeg Art Gallery; Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe .
1993-2000: ’The Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things’ Portfolio Gallery, Edinburgh; Photographers Gallery, London; Photosynkyria, Thessalonki, Greece;Norwich Arts Centre; BM Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul; Banco Central Art Gallery, Quenca, Ecuador; British Council, Quito, Ecuador; Royal Photographic Society, Bath; Fotomuseum, Stadtmuseum, Munich; Seagate Gallery, Dundee; Photography Centre of Athens; Forum Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia; Varazdin Town Museum, Croatia; BM Contemporary Art Centre, Istanbul; Izfas Art Gallery, Ismir; State Fine Arts Gallery, Ankara; Encontros da Imagem, Braga, Portugal; Kawasaki City Museum, Japan; The Meffan Institute, Angus.
1996- 2000 ‘Pseudologica Fantastica’ Impressions Gallery, York; Focal Point Gallery, Southend -on –Sea; Portfolio Gallery, Edinburgh; Theatr Clwyd, Mold, Wales; Centre Cultural Caixa de Terassa, Barcelona; University of Salamanca; Centro de Arte Contemporaneo, Seville; Viewpoint Gallery, Salford, Manchester; Leeds Metropolitan University Gallery; Piece Hall Gallery, Halifax.
1998-2003:‘Sacred and Profane’ Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; National Machado de Castro Museum, Coimbra, Portugal; Martha Schneider Gallery, Chicago; Peacock Printmakers, Aberdeen; Crawford Centre, St Andrews.
2002-2008: ‘Ossian, Fragments of Ancient Poetry’ Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh; Iona Gallery, Kingussie; Swanson Gallery, Thurso; An Tuireann, Skye; Timespan, Helmsdale; St Fergus Gallery, Wick; Inverness Museum and Art Gallery; Birnam Institute, Dunkeld; Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries; Festival de Musique de Beaulieu-sur-Mer, Beaulieu, France; UNESCO, Paris; Inverness County Centre for the Arts, Nova Scotia; University of Guelph, Canada.
Collections Victoria and Albert Museum
Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, New York
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
The British Council
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
Royal Photographic Society
Arnolfini Collection Trust
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Ferens Museum, Hull
Art Institute of Chicago
Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow
Aberdeen Art Gallery
City Art Centre, Edinburgh.
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