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Glasgow School of Art:


Graham Lister (b.1982) is a painter and researcher based in Glasgow, Scotland. In 2016, he completed a Practice-based PhD at the Glasgow School of Art.


My ongoing painting practice is concerned with using the activity of painting as a way of distilling physical forms, surfaces, textures and repeated patterns. My work encompasses an interplay between structured and intuitive gradual abstraction processes which investigate visual patterns, motifs and surface materialities which often go unnoticed within our everyday lives. Recent exhibitions in Glasgow, Manchester, Dundee and Berlin have made use of 2D painting and drawing processes as well as ambitious, large-scale, expanded installations.


Current ongoing research relates to specific consideration of what the artist studio represents; what it means to operate in a painting/ creative studio and how the very idea of the studio offers positive possibilities for making, but equally can also represent a barrier to creative creation.

I work as a Lecturer in Painting and Printmaking, and as a Tutor within the Widening Participation programme at the Glasgow School of Art.

PhD (Practice-based) - The Glasgow School of Art

FHEA - Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

MFA - Gray's School of Art

MA (Art History) - The University of Glasgow


Selected Exhibitions Selected Solo Exhibitions



Cut Through, Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock



Fragments and False Starts, Studio pavilion at House for an Art Lover, Glasgow



Touching Distance, Mount Florida Gallery, Glasgow



Barrier-Breakdown-Repeat, Werkstadt Kunst, Berlin

Links and Blaes, PS Mirabel, Manchester

Grille, Patriothall, Edinburgh



Restructuring, Mount Florida Gallery, Glasgow

Over / Under / Cover / Repeat, The Bowery, Leeds



Altermodern Painting, The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow

Altermodern Everyday Archive, New Glasgow Society, Glasgow



Virtual Fragments, The Briggait, Glasgow



Deconstruction Theatre, Limousine Bull, Aberdeen



Selected Group Exhibitions



Cat Flap Blink, Terrace Gallery, London



Tightly Kit, Loose Fit, Ortega y Gasset Projects, New York

Three Movements of. Longer Work, Bloc, Sheffield

Opening, A_Place Gallery, Glasgow

Small Works, 57w57, New York

Champs Noir, Terrance Gallery, London



BEEP 2022 – Shortlisted Artist, Biennial of Painting Prize, Elysium, Swansea

Annual Exhibition, Royal Academy, London Unfinished Movement, Generator Projects, Dundee

A Plot, Hatched By Two, Warbling Collective, London



Society of Scottish Artists, Annual Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh



BEEP 2020 – Shortlisted Artist, Biennial of Painting Prize, Elysium, Swansea

Perhaps We Should Have Stayed, Warbling Collective, London

Sharing a View II, Tsinghua University, Beijing

Sharing a View I, Luxon Academy of Fine Art, Shenyang

New-Iso_Aesthetic, Derby, Artcore, Derby



Prosaic Mosaic, Bloc, Sheffield

This Is Our Land, Paper Gallery, Manchester



Twice As Nice, PS Mirabel, Manchester

99 Files, Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje



DDDD, Art Lacuna, London

Material Cover-Ups, East Street Arts, Huddersfield



Studio to Showcase, The Briggait, Glasgow



Forgotten Game, Edinburgh

Stick Stamp Fly, Gasworks, London

Awards & Residencies

National Lottery & Creative Scotland, Funding Award (Touching Distance) (2020)

PS Mirabel, Curator Prize, Overall Award (2018)

Mackendrick Scholarship, The Glasgow School of Art (2015)


Press & Publications

Made You Look, Instant Whip, 2024

Barrier Works, Outlast Journal (2020), Risk, Forge Magazine (17) (2017),

Peripheral ARTeries, Biennale Edition (2017), Start with What you Know, Ochre Press (2017),

Collective Nouns, United Newsletter (XX) (2017)


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