Allan Ramsay

Allan Ramsay with portrait in progress

Principal John Walton infront of Allan Ramsay’s ‘Woman in a hat’

Allan Ramsay

Allan Ramsay is a painter.

Allan attended figure drawing classes at Edinburgh College of Art from 1978-1982.  He then went on to study drawing and painting at the Glasgow School of Art from 1982-1986. He also trained at the Art Students League in New York.

In 1988 he won first prize in the John Player Portrait Award / BP Portrait Award at the National Gallery in London. As part of this prize he was commissioned to paint the portrait of Sir Alan Ayckbourn for the NPG permanent collection.

Other notable commissions include a portrait of Dr. John Mackay, Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh District Council.

He was also a recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award (Canada), a prestigious award for figurative painting.

He has regularly exhibited with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and the Royal Academy summer exhibition.

Allan’s painting in the NGP permanent collection can be seen at –

2 Responses to Allan Ramsay

  1. Denise Galvan says:

    Allan Ramsay is ‘Simply the Best’ – better than all the rest! Exciting, fresh clean colours, compassion and feelings can be seen in all his portraits.

  2. As Alan repeats tirelessly:” If you do not compare, you are not painting”. I try hard to follow his advice in Heatherley’s studio.
    ALAN RAMSAY is the best teacher who cares to unlocks in each of his very different pupils the “wee” key for painterly improvements.
    Furthermore, I truly admire Alan’s inspirational talent, his technique and his patient bonhomie ( ie: good nature, simplicity,…) with us all.
    In all, a jolly good GIFTED and GIVING fellow!
    Sabine Hoysted

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