Alexander James Pollard

Born: 1977


2017 –present – PhD Fine Art (part-time), Kingston University, London

2012 – 2017    – MPhil Fine Art (part-time) Goldsmiths College, London

1996–1999 – BA(hons) Painting and Drawing, Glasgow School of Art, First Class

1998            – School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA (exchange)


Curating Positions

Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Committee member from 1999-2001

Research Areas: Myth-Science, Fictioning, Premodernisms, Neo-Medievalisms, Implied Authorship, Postmodernisms, Bad Painting, Object-Orientated-Ontologies, Animism, Soft-Object-Painting, Painting and the Digital, Post-Internet Art, Memes, Network Painting, Atemporality, Residual Mining, Myths, Post-Colonialism, Anthroposcene Studies, Cultural Studies, Argots, Subcultures, Theory-fiction, Paleo-Art, Minor-modernisms, The Occult.

Solo Exhibitions

2018    Paleo-Fauvism – Hop Project Space, Folkestone (forthcoming)

2017    More Real Than Veal – Hunted Projects, Edinburgh

2017    Jungle – Celine Gallery, Glasgow

2016    WoW PAINTINGS 😛 – Young Team HQ, London

2016    Alexander James Pollard – Three Works, Weymouth

2015    Chain – Iphone malware project (with Mel Franklin) – TG Gallery, Nottingham

2012    Hot Lava – Glasgow Project Room

2010 Collaborations, Sorcha Dallas Gallery, Glasgow

2008 Tea-Leaf Demeanour, Whitechapel Project Space, London

2007 Black Marks, Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh

2006 Torch Sculptures, Sorcha Dallas, Glasgow

Disintegrating Hand and Other Works, The Reliance, London

2005    Selective Memory, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh

Selective Memory, Scottish Pavilion, Venice Biennale, Venice

2004 Statements, Art Basel

See-Through Mask, unused factory space, Osborne Street, Glasgow

2002 Solo, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow (part of GSA residency programme)


Group Exhibitions

2017    Painting and Drawing and the Digital, Northampton University Gallery

2017    Where’s My Sugar – Ridgeway Road Gallery, London

2015    Surface to Air – And Model, Leeds

2015    MUD∞ (with Mel Franklin)  – Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh

2014    Internet Curtains  – with Iain Hetherington and Charlie Hammond – part of Generation, 25 years of contemporary Scottish art – Tramway, Glasgow

2014    Not For All My Little Words, Marc Straus Gallery, New York

2013    Conspiracy of Detail, Mackintosh Museum, Glasgow School of Art  

2013    Rosebud – Christuskirche, Herwarthstr, Cologne

2012    Fachgeschafte – (‘Louis Moden Boutique’) – Kunstverein Mönchengladbach (Lichthof Mönchengladbach) Germany

2012    Everyone Else was Either Busy or Dead – Schau Ort – Christiane Büntgen, Zurich, Switzerland

2012    It’s Hard to Find a Good Lamp – Rhubaba, Edinburgh

2012    Santorini Biennale, Greece

2012    The Irregular Correct – New Art from Glasgow – Fremantle Art Centre, Australia

2011 Industrial Aesthetics, Hunter College Times Square Gallery, New York,

Hau Auf Die Leberwurst (with Iain Hetherington), Bender, London

Rumours (with Iain Hetherington), Galerie Van Klomp, Glasgow

The Queen is Dead, Glasgow School of Art

2010 Avalon, The Embassy, Edinburgh (Curated by Neil Mulholland)

SV10: Members’ Show, Studio Voltaire, London (Selected by Jennifer Higgie and Rebecca Warren)

Little Magazine, +44 141 Gallery, SWG3, Glasgow

Four Fatrasies, Pump House Gallery, London (with Clare Stephenson)

2009 Dress to the left! No! Dress to the right!, Curtin University, Perth, Australia (with Clare Stephenson)

The Fool, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland

The Dirty Hands, Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow (with Clare Stephenson)

2008 New Scots, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh (curated by Sandy Moffat)

XS: Recent Small Scale Painting, The Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, Tennessee

Passed as Present, York Art Gallery, York

2007 Tender Scene, The Changing Room, Stirling

Size Matters, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, New York

L’homme nu (Volume 2/3: Visited landscapes), Centre d’art Mira Phalaina/Maison Poulaire, Montreuil (Curated by Aurélie Voltz)

Echo Room: Contemporary British Art, Sala de la Comunidad de Madrid, Madrid (with the British Council)

Counterfacture, Luhring Augustine, New York (Curated by Mark Foxx, with David Musgrave, Rupert Norfolk and Will Daniels)

2006 Krakt Aktars, Goddard de Fides, Perth, Australia (with Ric Spencer)

2005 echo echo, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh

Campbell’s Soup, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow

Brit Epovera, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna

Mourning, Sies & Hoke Gallery, Dusseldorf

2004 Group Exhibition, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin

Fire and Brimstone, The Embassy, Edinburgh

Granite, Whitechapel Project Space, London

Not in New York, Stux Gallery, New York

JP Munro, Alex Pollard, Tony Swain, Transmission, Glasgow

Circuses and Bread, K Jacksons, Edinburgh

Glasgow in Valligia, Museo Corta Alta, Fossombrone

John Moores Painting Prize 2004, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (prizewinner)

Principle of Hope, Three Colts Gallery, London

2003 Aperto Scotland, Czech National Gallery of Art, Prague (as part of the Prague Biennale)

EAST International, Norwich Gallery, Norwich (curated by Toby Webster and Eva Rothschild)

The Haunted Swing, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh

The Haunted Swing (Live), Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh

We Make Our Own, Tablet Gallery, London

2002 Michael Fullerton, Alex Pollard, Merlin James, Felix Leiter Raum, Berlin

Half the World Away, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Centre, Buffalo

Hampstead Achieved, K Jacksons, Edinburgh

Presence, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

2001    Mouth Wash featuring Nico, Flourish Studios, Glasgow

New-Newquayism, Glasgow Project Room, Glasgow (with Toby Paterson)

Youg-Young Dragons (sic), Proto-Academy, Edinburgh

Republic of Leather (People’s), Generator, Dundee

2000 Louder than Love, De Zeup Cultural Institute, Brussels

Medium-Sized Objects, One in the Other, London (curated by David Musgrave)

Intermedia, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork

Koipoo, The Nunnery Gallery, London

1999 Absolut Open, Inverleith House, Edinburgh

1998 True Value, Temporary Space, Chicago, (curated by Edgar Bryan)


Collaborative Shows

2011     ‘She-who-is-the-maker-of-objects’ (with Clare Stephenson) – Linn Lühn Gallery, Dusseldorf



2011    Performed on synth in ‘Shoplifters, Shopgirls’ by Sophie Macpherson and Clare Stephenson- Tramway, Glasgow

2011 Rumours, with Iain Hetherington, Glasgow School of Art

2010 Pecha Kucha, with Iain Hetherington, Tramway, Glasgow

2003 Saxe Coburg, with Gregor Wright, The Haunted Swing (Live), Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh

2001 Mouthwash featuring Nico, Flourish Nights, Flourish Studios, Glasgow


Projects as curator

2012 The Irregular Correct – New Art from Glasgow, Fremantle Art Centre, Australia

2010 Little Magazine, group exhibition at SWG3, Glasgow with Nick Evans, Iain Hetherington, Alan Michael, Craig Mulholland, Alex Pollard, Carrie Skinner, Clare Stephenson and Jane Topping.

2009 Corridor of Uncertainty, group exhibition at Curtin University, Perth, Australia with Laurence Figgis, Stuart Gurden, Iain Hetherington, Lynn Hynd, Craig Mulholland, Stephen Sutcliffe and Jane Topping.

2007 Tender Scene, group exhibition at The Changing Room, Stirling with Fiona Jardine, Alex Pollard, Clare Stephenson and Gregor Wright


Relevant Professional, Consulting or Industry Experience

2015    Collaboration with designers from Jimmy Choo

2014    Costume designer for Franz Ferdinand (pop band)

2010    Collaboration with designers from Dirk Bikkembergs



2013    Berlin Residency – Awarded by Creative Scotland (June – September 2013)

2012    Fremantle Art Centre, Fremantle, Western Australia

2012    Cologne Neues Kunstforum, Germany (February – March)

2011 Creative Scotland Amsterdam Residency, Netherlands

2009 Residency, Curtin University, Perth, Australia

2006 Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Lumsden

2001 Artist in Residence, Glasgow School of Art



2017    Marshall Trust Award

2016    Oppenheim Trust Award

2016    Marshall Trust Award

2016    Eaton Trust Award

2016    Witting Trust Award

2016    Elephant Trust Grant

2015    Oppenheim Trust Award

2015    Marshall Trust Award

2014    Oppenheim Trust Award

2014    Marshall Trust Award

2013    Oppenheim Trust Award

2013    Marshall Trust Award

2012    Marshall Trust Award

2012    Hope Scott Trust

2010 Elephant Trust Grant (with Clare Stephenson)

Henry Moore Foundation Grant (with Clare Stephenson)

2007    Hope Scott Trust

2006 Scottish Arts Council Visual Arts Bursary (£15,000)

2004 John Moore’s Painting Prize runner-up

2002    Hope Scott Trust

1999 Jock Mackfie Painting Prize


Public Collections

Arts Council of England

Scottish National Gallery

Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal


Symposia and Conferences

2017   Painting, Drawing and the Digital – Northampton University, my paper was on animism and soft objects in contemporary painting and the role of Instagram in shaping this.

2015   Capitalist Artist Scum – A lecture on fictional Scottish artist Angus MacInnes, Open School East, London

2014   Neo-Medievalisms – Goldsmiths College, London (Curated with Roman Vasseur)

2012   On Beauty – Critical Painting Strategies in the Post-Internet Era – Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh

2004   The Use of Painting – Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh



2018    The Dawson Taxa: Knowledge of a Different Order, (with Luke Pendrell) – (forthcoming)

2017    Painting, Drawing and the Digital, Published by Northampton University

2016    WoW Paintings – designed by a Visual Agency, Glasgow, Published by the University of Brighton

2014    The Four Seasons – Angus MacInnes, Hour Projects, Copenhagen

2009 Younger than Jesus: Artist Directory (Phaidon Press, London)

Frieze Art Fair (Frieze, London)

The Dirty Hands, (Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow, text by Richard Birkett)

2007 Alex Pollard (monograph) – Sorcha Dallas, Glasgow

L’homme nu (Maison Populaire, Montreuil)

Echo Room: Contemporary Brittish Art (Consejeria de Cultura y Deportes, Madrid)

Scotland & Venice 2003 2005 2007 (Scottish Arts Council, Edinburgh)

Counterfacture (Luhring Augustine, New York)

2005 Beck’s Futures 2006 (ICA Exhibitions, London)

Campbell’s Soup (The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow)

2003 Norwich Gallery EAST (Norwich Gallery, Norwich)

2002 Presence (The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh)

Half the World Away (Hallwalls contemporary Arts Center)

Alex Pollard (Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow)



2016    WoW Paintings 😛 featured on complete with interview:

2012    Clare Stephenson, Frieze Magazine (German Edition), March 2012

2011 Mai Blount, ‘Collaborations’ review of solo exhibition at Sorcha Dallas. Map 24, Winter 2010/2011

2010 Neil Mulholland, Torsten Lauschmann, Alex Pollard and Norman James Hogg, ‘The Confraternity of Neoflagellants’, Map 22, June 2010

Neil Mulholland, ‘The Dark Knight Returns’, Art Review 39, March 2010

2009 Laura Allsop, ‘The Dirty Hands’, Art Review 30, March 2009

2008 Susannah Thompson, ‘Alex Pollard: Black Marks’, Art Review 13, 1st July 2007

Jack Mottram, ‘Old tricks masked in poses of the New Romantics’, The Herald, 11th May 2007

2007 Mark Fisher, ‘Method in his madness’, The Sunday Times, 29th April 2007

Melissa Gronlund, ‘Twenty-five artists to look out for in 2007’, Art Review 9, March 2007

Roberta Smithh, ‘Art in Review’, New York Times, 9th February 2007

Cecilia Alemani, ‘Critics Picks’, Artforum Online, January 2007

2006 Alexander Kennedy, ‘Selective Memory Scotland and Venice’, The Map 5

2005 Alice Bain, ‘Venice Biennale’, The Map 3, September 2005

Neil Mulholland, ‘Venice the grande tour’, The Map 2, July 2005

Iain Gale, ‘Art of walking on water’, Scotland on Sunday, 12th June 2005

Alan Jones, ‘Scottish art in select company’, Sunday Herald, 12th June 2005

Moria Jeffrey, ‘Now for the Italian Job’, The Herald, 10th June 2005

Moria Jeffrey, ‘Walk in the park proves that Scottish art is alive in venice’, The Herald, June 2005

Susan Mansfield, ‘Bright young things spread the message’, The Scotsman

Vicky Allan, ‘vision on’, Sunday Herald, 17th April

Phil Miller, ‘Four artists to star at Venice Biennale’, The Herald, 18th February

2004 Matt Price, ‘Mixed Paint A survey of contemporary painters’, Flash Art 239, November

Laurence Figgis, ‘JP Munro, Alex Pollard, Tony Swain’, Untitled, October

Tim Stott, ‘Group show’, Circa On-line magazine, October

2003 Michael Bracewell, ‘Scotland Rocks’, Tate Magazine 6

Neil Mulholland, ‘Leaving Glasvegas’, Matters magazine 17

2002 Neil Cameron, ‘Wise Heads on Young Shoulders’, The Scotsman, May

Neil Mulholland, ‘Aperto Scotland’, Flash Art, January

Alex Pollard and Neil Mulholland, ‘Hampstead Achieved’, Untitled