Saul Robertson

Saul Robertson was born in 1978 and studied drawing and painting at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art between 1996 and 2000.  During his time as a student he was nominated for the Scottish International Educational Trust Award and won The Ninewells MRI Imaging Purchase Prize. 

Soon after graduating he was voted Young Artist of the Year, at the The Hunting Art Prizes at the Royal College of Art in London.  Since then he has won numerous awards including: The City of Glasgow Prize, The David Cargill Senior Award,  The David Cargill Award, The Armour Award, and The James Torrance Memorial Award at The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts. 

In 2005 he won second prize at the B.P Portrait award at the National Portrait Gallery, London for his painting "The Universe". 

Saul was awarded an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award by The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation in Canada, was shortlisted for The Insight Investment Newcomers Prize at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London, and won both the James BS Curr Memorial Prize and the AB Prize at the Paisley Art Institute.  In 2011 he was granted a second award by The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, and in 2012 was given The Bet Low Trust Award as well as being appointed a visiting lecturer in fine art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art.  In 2013 Saul won The Maclaurin Open Fine Art Exhibition.  During 2019 Saul was given a place on the City of Ingolstadt artist residency programme in Germany, and was a prize winner at The Scottish Portrait Awards.  In 2020 Saul was again a prize winner at The Scottish Portrait Awards.

Saul has exhibited widely throughout the United Kingdom in venues such as The Fleming Collection, London; The Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh; The Royal Academy, London; Paisley Art gallery; The National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh; The National Portrait Gallery, London; Sunderland Museum and Winter Garden;  The Royal College of Art, London and Mall Galleries, London.  His work was included in a major touring exhibition of self portraits entitled "Divided Selves - The Scottish Self-portrait from the 17th century to the present", and he has also held ten solo exhibitions to date.

Saul Robertson's work can be found in many collections, including; Art Review Magazine; University of Dundee Museum Collections; City of Glasgow College; Glasgow Museums; The Lillie Art Gallery; Tayside NHS and Walter Scott Global Investment, Edinburgh.



1996-2000              BA Honours (Drawing and Painting)

                                     Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee

Awards and Residencies

2020                          Prize winner, The Scottish Portrait Awards

2019                            Prize winner, The Scottish Portrait Awards

2019                            The City of Ingolstadt Residency, Ingolstadt, Germany

2013                            First Prize, The Maclaurin Open, The Maclaurin

                                      Art Gallery

2012                            The Bet Low Trust Award

2012                            The James Torrance Memorial Award, Royal Glasgow Institute

2011                             The Armour Award, Royal Glasgow Institute

2011                             The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award, Canada

2011                             AB Prize, The Paisley Art Institute

2010                            James BS Curr Memorial Prize, The Paisley Art Institute

2007                           Shortlisted for the Insight Investment Newcomers Prize,

                                      The Royal Academy of Art, London

2006                           The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award, Canada

2005                           The City of Glasgow Prize, Royal Glasgow


2005                           Prize winner, The BP portrait Award, National Portrait

                                      Gallery, London

2004                           The David Cargill Senior Award, Royal Glasgow


2003                           The David Cargill Award, Royal Glasgow


2001                            Young Artist of the Year, The Hunting Art Prizes,

                                      The Royal College of Art, London

2000                           The Ninewells MRI Imaging Purchase Prize

2000                           Nominated for the Scottish International Education

                                      Trust Award

Solo Exhibitions

2019                             ‘Here: Small Paintings and Drawings’

                                      Partickhill Bowling and Community Club

2018                             'The Other River', Ralph Cowan Gallery,

                                     City of Glasgow College Art Foundation, Glasgow  

2015                            "Living in Time", Fire Station Creative, Dunfermline

2015                            "Pathways and Houses", Rozelle House, The Maclaurin

                                      Art Gallery

2014                            "From Here to Here", The Lamb Gallery, The University of Dundee

2010                            "Eyots - Some Paintings and Drawings from the

                                      Last Ten Years", The Lillie Art Gallery, Milngavie

2009                           "What we Found on the River Bed", The Temple Gallery,


2008                           "Soliloquy", Thompson's Gallery, London

2006                           "Paintings from a Small Room", Roger Billcliffe Fine

                                      Art Glasgow

2005                           "Day and Night", Thompson's Gallery, London

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021                            Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London               

2020/2021                The Scottish Portrait Awards, Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh (touring to

                                     Glasgow Art Club and Duff House)

2019/2020                The Scottish Portrait Awards, Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh (touring to

                                     Glasgow Art Club and Kirkcudbright Galleries)

2019                            Utopia - What’s Yours?, Gacefield Arts Centre  Dumfries (touring to

                                     Kirkcudbright Galleries)

2019                            Back to the Drawing Board, Roger Billcliffe Fine Art, Glasgow

2018                            The Lillie Art Gallery

2018                            40:40 Vision, Forty Years of Wasps,

                                      Kirkcudbright Galleries

2018                            The North Sea, Fire Station Creative, Dunfermline

2017                            Citizen Spire, Fire Station Creative, Dunfermline

2016                            The Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

2016                            Cabinet Paintings, Roger Billcliffe Fine Art, Glasgow

2016                            Mansfield Park Gallery, Glasgow

2015                            Leiper Fine Art Glasgow

2014                            Festival Exhibition-Works on paper, Doubtfire

                                     Gallery, Edinburgh

2014                            Byard Art, Cambridge

2012                            Stafford Gallery, London

2012                            50 at the Lillie-Paintings from the Permanent

                                     Collection, The Lillie Art Gallery, Milngavie

2010                            Portal Painters, London

2010-2018.               Royal Scottish Academy Open Exhibition, Edinburgh

2009                           Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh

2008/2009              Red Rag Gallery, Gloucestershire

2008                           Oakham Contemporary, London

2008                           Catmose Gallery, Vale of Catmose College, Rutland,


2007,09,13,20         The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London

2007                           Two Person Exhibition, CFAG, Eton

2006                           Divided Selves-The Scottish Self Portrait from the

                                      17th Century to the Present, The Talbot Rice

                                     Gallery, Edinburgh (touring to the Fleming

                                     Collection, London)

2005/2006              The BP Portrait Award, The National Portrait Gallery,

                                     London(Touring to Sunderland Museum and Scottish

                                     National Portrait Gallery)

2004-Present          Roger Billcliffe Fine Art Glasgow

2004                          Three Person Exhibition, Leith Gallery, Edinburgh

2002                          Three Person Exhibition, Thompson's Gallery, London

2002                          Lemon Street Gallery, Truro, Cornwall

2001/2002               The Hunting Art Prizes, The Royal College of Art,


2001                           Fresh Paint 2, Maclean Fine Art, London

2001                           In House, Mall Galleries, London

2000-2011               Scottish Drawing Competition,

                                     Paisley Art Gallery, Paisley

2000                          New Generation, Compass Gallery, Glasgow             

2000                          Royal Scottish Academy Students Exhibition,

                                     Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh


                                     Art Review Magazine

                                     Citizen Spire Project

                                     City of Glasgow College   

                                     University of Dundee Museum Collections

                                     Glasgow Museums

                                     Lillie Art Gallery

                                     Tayside NHS

                                     Walter Scott Investment, Edinburgh

Professional Experience

2012                           Visiting lecturer at Duncan of Jordanstone

                                    College of Art