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 a job and a pastime. He went on to The 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, resulting in many sell-out solo shows in London, Spain, Italy and New York. This is a clear indication of the public’s appreciation of his work which in turn has created an increasing number of collectors of his limited edition prints many of which are now sold-out and becoming rare in their own right.
Faulkner’s paintings are about capturing calm and contemplative moments, intimate exchanges and stillness. His subdued and harmonious palette combined with his carefully crafted compositions, emphasise the introspection in his work. This is accentuated by the formality of his young, self-engrossed characters, and the use of strong light and shadow again enforcing their emotional detachment. His charcoal drawings are a testament to his draughtsmanship; his awareness and acknowledgement of the importance of drawing and the control of tone; and to the peeling back of layers of paint thus revealing an in-site into his own creative process.