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Kenneth (Ken) Currie


1960 -

Painter. Born in Barrhead and educated at the Glasgow School of Art, Currie has become one of Scotland's most influential contemporary artists. He is based in a studio in Glasgow's West End. His work reflects his sense of social justice and his left-wing politics. With Peter Howson (b.1958) and Stephen Campbell, Currie has become one of the so-called 'New Glasgow Boys'.

He came to prominence when his work featured at the "New Image Glasgow" exhibition (1985). His dark paintings address issues such as war, poverty and the power of the state. His most notable work is perhaps his eight murals in the People's Palace (Glasgow) which were commissioned to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Carlton Weaver Massacre in 1987. These depict scenes from Scottish labour history. Other exhibitions have included "The Age of Uncertainty", Glasgow Print Studio (1992) and the "Story of Glasgow", Kelvingrove Art Gallery (1990). His work can be viewed at, for example, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, (Edinburgh) and the New York Public Library (USA).


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