Joe Fan RSA (b 1962) came to Scotland from Hong Kong to study Graphic Design at Aberdeen College of Commerce. He progressed to study Fine Art at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen where he graduated with a 1st Class Honours Degree. In 1988, Joe won the Miller Homes Young Scottish Artist of the Year and was awarded a residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris from 1989-1990. From 1990-1997, Joe returned to Aberdeen to lecture in Drawing and Painting at Gray’s School of Art and worked as a visiting Lecturer at Cyprus College of Art, Paphos in 1994. Since 1993 Joe has devoted himself to his studio practice in Aberdeen and in 2003 was elected as a Royal Scottish Academy Academician.


Joe Fan's work is represented in public collections including The Scottish Arts Council Collection, Rank Xerox The Marlow Art Collection, Miller Homes Art Collection, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Grays School of Art, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Unilever Art Collection (London), Jones Day (London), Soho Hotel (London), Ham Yard (London), Crosby Street Hotel, New York and private collections worldwide.



1989    Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris

1989    Peacock Artspace, Aberdeen

1991    Compass Gallery, Glasgow

1991    Thackeray Rankin Gallery, London

1994    Royal Overseas League, London and Edinburgh

1995-1996 Rendezvous Gallery, Aberdeen

1999    Rendezvous Gallery, Aberdeen

2005    Rendezvous Gallery, Aberdeen

2007    Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

2011    Fraser Gallery, St. Andrews

2000-2014 Thackeray Gallery, London

2015    Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow

2019    The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh



1985    Rank Xerox Selected National Competition, (1st Prize) Commonwealth Section

1987    Wood Group Young Artists Award, (1st Prize)

1988    Carnegie Travelling Scholarship (Royal Scottish Academy)Miller Home Young Scottish Artist Award (One year residency at Cité Internationale, Paris)

1993    Royal Overseas League National Art Competition, (1st Prize)

1994    The Guthrie Award, R.S.A

1995    The Morrison Portrait Award, (1st Prize)

1997    Portland Gallery Award, R.S.A Annual Exhibition

1998    Noble Grossart Painting Competition, (3rd Prize)

2002    Shell Expo Premier Award, Aberdeen Artists Society, (1st Prize)

2003    Elected Associate of the Royal Scottish Academy

2004    The Sir William Gillies Bequest, Royal Scottish Academy

2009    Aberdeen Artist Society Annual Exhibition, (2nd Prize)

2010    John Maxwell Travelling Scholarship, R.S.A Aberdeen Artists Society Annual Exhibition, (3rd Prize)    

2012    Meffan Winter Exhibition, (1st Prize)

2012    Aberdeen Artists Society Annual Exhibition, (Commended)

2016    The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, (Runner Up)



1985    Rank Xerox Marlow Art Collection, National Theatre, London

1986    Grays Sketch Club Student Exhibition, Aberdeen Art Gallery; Wood Group Young Artist Competition, Artspace, Aberdeen

1987/ 88 Royal Scottish Academy Student Exhibition, Edinburgh

1988    New Generation Artists, Compass Gallery; Richard Demarco Print Exhibition, Edinburgh

1989    Grays Former Students Exhibition, Aberdeen Art Gallery

1990    Wild Boar Gallery & Restaurant, Aberdeen

1990-2012 Aberdeen Artists Society Annual Exhibition, Aberdeen Art Gallery

1991    Royal Society of Watercolourists, Annual; Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Art Annual Exhibition

1991 / 1992 Sue Rankin Gallery, London

1992    Aberdeen International Youth Festival, Aberdeen Art Gallery

1993    Royal Overseas Annual Exhibition, London; Ten Years of WASPS, Aberdeen Art Gallery

1993-1995 Scottish Society of Artists Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh

1993 / 1995 Morrison Portrait Exhibition, R.S.A, Edinburgh

1994-2010 Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh

1995    Scottish Society of Artists Selected Touring Exhibition, Piers Art Centre, Orkney

1996    WASPS Studio Artists Aberdeen, Peacock Gallery, Aberdeen

1996-1998 Noble Grossart Painting Competition Exhibition, RSA, Edinburgh

1997    Festival Exhibition, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

1997 / 1998 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

1998    Hunting Art Prizes Exhibition, Royal College of Art; ‘On a Grand Scale’, John Martin Gallery, London

1999    Northern Lights, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh; Gallery 44, with Thackeray Gallery, Suffolk; ‘Connections’, RSA, Edinburgh; Noble Grossart Exhibition, RSA, Edinburgh & Glasgow School of Art

1999-2011 London Art Fair with Thackeray Gallery, London

1999-2014 Gallery Artists, Thackeray Gallery, London

2010    Jerwood Drawing Competition Travelling Exhibition

2012    Meffan Winter Exhibition, Forfar

2013    Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh

2014    The Lyth Arts Centre, Wick Enclosures, Elsewhere – The Lion & Lamb Gallery, London

2015    Tatha Gallery, Fife

2015    Pentland Gallery, Aberdeen

2016    Lynn Painter-Stainers Exhibition, Mall Galleries, LondonW Gordon Smith Prize Exhibition, Dovecot Gallery, Edinburgh

2016     Rendezvous Gallery, Aberdeen