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. Faulkner is however, largely self-taught and from the start of his professional career chose to follow the difficult and demanding path of figurative painting.
Iain now enjoys international reputation, the result of his endeavours during his relatively short career reflected in his sell out solo shows in London 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. Iain readily acknowledges his influence by artists such as Sargeant, Degas, Whistler and especially Vermeer, who’s use of every day scenes portrays figures completing commonplace tasks whilst deep in thought.
Iain was recently commissioned to paint the European 2010 Ryder Cup Team member portraits.
"Creating the European 2010 Ryder Cup Captain's gift was an exciting and enjoyable experience yet one filled with challenges. Painting the portraits of the players without their knowledge, together with their selection being released over a period of time, proved to be a demanding task requiring a great deal of research and preparation."
" 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