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figures as Danny Ferguson RSW. RGI., Drummond Bone RSW., James Robertson RSW. RGI. RSA. and Dr. David Donaldson RSA.RP.RGI.LLD.D.LITT (Queens Limner).
He was a founder member and President of Group 81 Artists, who regularly exhibited at the McLellan Galleries in Glasgow. In 1981 Joe was elected a member of the Glasgow Art Club, and then in 1985 he became a member of the Paisley Art Institute. Later that year, he was elected a council member of the Institute – and went on to be voted Chairman and President, a post he held for 11 years.
Joe is widely recognised as one of the most talented and distinguished painters living and working in Scotland today. His work has been awarded prizes right from the very beginning of his career – he won the Painting Prize whilst still at Glasgow School of Art in1972 – right up to the present day, recently winning The Richmondhill Gallery Award in 2005. His contribution to contemporary Scottish painting was recognised in 1996 with the award of the prestigious Paisley Art Institute Diploma.
His work and characters have become instantly recognizable and are much loved by art collectors, with the character ‘Sniffy’ making regular appearances. Much has been written about the symbolism and meaning of his work, but the constant, which underpins it all, is the phenomenal quality of the painting.
His work is widely shown in exhibition, winning prizes regularly, and is held in private and corporate collections around the world.