Prior to being asked to leave his art school a lecturer said to him, ‘If the need is there you will always paint.’.  At the time however there were other needs to consider like those of survival and to that end he worked variously as a labourer, barman, green keeper, grape picker, bus driver and foundry worker until, by chance, he discovered the tools, materials and scale of working that would have been ridiculed by his lecturers.  For many years thereafter the need was kept alive by working as an illustrator for a wide variety of clients that included the Financial Times, The Listener, and the Times Supplements.
Aspects of illustration, especially the relationship between narratives and visual puns, also influenced the development of his own ideas as an artist and printmaker.

A dormant love affair with etching was rekindled  at Putney School of Art and as a member of Artichoke Printworkshop in London.  In 2003 he was elected an Associate of the Royal Society of Painter/Printmakers.

Solo exhibitions

2020  The Stables Gallery,  Orleans House, Richmond

2018  The Robson Gallery, Halliwell's House Mueum, Selkirk

          The Waterfall Gallery, Hawick Museum

2017  Gallery 3, Shrewsbury

2016  Printmaker in Focus, Oriel, Wrexham

2007  Royal United Hospital, Bath

2004  The Barbican Library, London

2003  The Print Room, Durham Gallery

2001  The Pringle Gallery, Galashields

          The Waterfall Gallery, Hawick Museum

2000  Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham

1999  Havant Museum, sponsored by Southern Arts

          Dick Condon Gallery, Theatre Royal, Norwich

          Windsor Arts Centre

1998  The Brewhouse Arts Centre, Cirencester

          Putney School of Art, London

1992  The Lancaster Arts Centre,  High Wycombe

1983  The Festival Gallery, Bath

          The Hexagon, Reading

1982  The Brewhouse Arts Centre, Taunton

          Galerie im Gut, Lenggries

1981  Galerie im Markt, Thurnau

          Exe Gallery, Exeter

          Bath University

1979  Mini-Galerie, Schweinfurt

          Sudio M, Bamberg

1978  Gallerie, Hellhof, Kronberg

1977  International Union Club, Frankfurt

          J. Walter Thompson, Frankfurt

1976  Essex University

Two/three person shows

2009  Honor Oak Gallery, London

2002  Honor Oak Gallery, London

2001  The Bloxham Galleries, London

          Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

1981  Galerie Bernauer-Berg, Frankfurt

1980  Atelier Moering, Wiesbaden

Group exhibitions

2019  18th Lessedra World Art Print Annual, Sofia, Bulgaria

2018  4th International 'Enter into Art', Kulturbunker, Cologne-Mulhelmm

          7th International Miniature Print Biannale, Ottawa

2017  International Contemporary Miniprint of Kazanlak, Bulgaria

2016  The Masters, Bankside Gallery, London

          2nd Miniature Print Exhibition, Manhattan Graphics Centre, New York

          9th International print Exhibition, Vancouver

          9th International Triennial of Small Graphic Forms, Vilnius

          6th International Miniature Print Biennale, Ottawa

2015  1st Miniature Print Exhibition, Manhattan Graphics Centre, New York

          Royal Society of Painter/Printmakers, Burton Gallery, Bideford

          Royal Society of Painter/Printmakers, Bankside Gallery, London

2014  8th International Print Exhibition, Vancouver

          International Mini Print Exhibition, Seacourt, Bangor

2013  The Small Picture Show, Bankside Gallery, London

          12th Lessedra World Art Print Annual, Sofia

2012  Royal Society of Painter/Printmakers, Bankside Gallery, London

2011  The Small Picture Show, Bankside Gallery, London

2010  Royal Society of Painter/Printmakers, Bankside Gallery, London

2009  7th International Miniature Print Exhibition

          Open Printmaking Exhibition, Royal West oif England Academy, Bristol

2008  The Small Picture Show, Bankside Gallery, London

          Royal Society of Painter/Printmakers, Bankside, Gallery, London

2007  The Small Picture Show, Bankside Gallery, London

2005  International Print Biennale, Oriel, Wrexham

          Royal Society of Painter/Printmakers, Bankside Gallery, London

          Love for Sale, Bankside Gallery, London

2004  Royal Society of Painter/Printmakers, Bankside Gallery, London

2003  5th British Miniature print Exhibition

          Royal Society of Painter/Printmakers, Bankside Gallery, London

          Royal Society of Painter/Printmakers, St David,s Hall, Cardiff

          National Print Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

2002  Cambridge Contemporary Arts

          National Print Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

2001  International Print Exhibition, Morley Galleries, London

          Miniature Print Exhibition, Artlink Exchange, Hull

          20/21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe

          National Print Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

2000  The Affordable Art Fair, London

1999  Will's Art Warehouse, London

          The Gateway Galleries, Shrewsbury

1998  National Print Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

1997  Open Printmaking Exhibition, Royal west of England Academy, Bristol

Collections

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

The University of Wales

Copyright, Robin MacFarlan 2018