Ian McNicol was born in Paisley in 1965. In Glasgow, he studied architecture, technical graphics and illustration, screen-printing, lithography and relief techniques, and was eventually seduced by the etching process.
McNicol’s work addresses landscape, architecture and colour abstract. It displays a solid graphic quality derived from traditional techniques – soft/hard ground, aquatint, spit-bite and multi-plate – as well as keen observation, and drawing skills developed over the last three decades.
McNichol is currently Master Printer, Etching Tutor and Technician at Glasgow Print School. Here he works with contemporary artists such as Elizabeth Blackadder, John Byrne, Barbara Rae, and Eileen Cooper.
He exhibits widely within the UK, and has his work in collections of the Portland Art Museum (Oregon), Cleveland Art Museum, Collins Galleries, Clayton Hotels, Grasshoppers Hotel (Glasgow), and the British Council (Edinburgh).
Ian’s etching, Red Versus Blue, won The London Original Print Fair Prize at 2015’s Royal Academy of Arts Summer Show.