Iain Faulkner was born in Glasgow in 1973 where he was raised and educated. As a child Faulkner was encouraged and guided by his father, an electrical engineer, for whom drawing was both job and pastime. He went on to Glasgow School of Art graduating in 1996 with a BA (Honours) Degree in Fine Art.
Iain is however, largely self taught and from the start of his professional career chose to follow the difficult and demanding path of figurative painting. He now enjoys international reputation, resulting in numerous sell out, solo shows in London, Spain, Italy and New York – a clear indication of the public’s appreciation of his work.
He also has an ever increasing number of collectors for his prints with many editions sold out. Faulkner’s paintings are about capturing calm and contemplative moments, intimate exchanges and stillness. His subdued and harmonious palette combined with his tight composition emphasises the introspection and inner reflection in his work.
“I first met Iain Faulkner a few years ago and I became a great admirer of his work and his ability to capture both likeness and character in his paintings.” Colin Montgomerie, Ryder Cup Team Captain
Iain Faulkner’s paintings are concerned with portraying strong and powerful images relying on visual impact as there is rarely any narrative. They capture calm and contemplative moments, intimate exchanges, solitude, and sometimes melancholy.
Iain typically creates a stark contrast between the light source and the often dark tonality found in his work. There is a stillness in the everyday themes which convey a sense of inner-reflection, accentuated by the self engrossed characters and his use of light and shadows to reinforce their emotional detachment.
Whilst a male character appears in many of his limited edition prints, they are not self-portraits in the traditional sense but rather timeless scenes in which Faulkner is the actor.