Joe Fan, born in Hong Kong in 1962, came to Scotland to study Graphic Design at Aberdeen College of Commerce. He progressed to study Fine Art at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen where he gained a 1st Class Honours Degree. Following graduation in 1988, Joe won the Miller Homes Young Scottish Artist of the Year, and was sent to Paris to spend time at the Cite Internationale des Arts from 1989-1990.

From 1990-1997, Joe returned to Aberdeen and became a lecturer in Drawing and Painting at Gray’s School of Art. During this period, Joe also spent time as a visiting Lecturer at Cyprus College of Art, Paphos in 1994.

In 1997, Joe gave up his role as a Lecturer to pursue his own full time career as an artist.  Joe continues to live and work in Aberdeen.

In 2003, Joe was elected to be a Royal Scottish Academy Academician.



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
1995/96/99 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


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
1987/1988 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, 2013  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, ’98 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
2014 The Lyth Arts Centre, Wick

Enclosures, Elsewhere – The Lion & Lamb Gallery, London

2015 Tatha Gallery, Fife

Pentland Gallery, Aberdeen

2016 Lynn Painter-Stainers Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

W Gordon Smith Prize Exhibition, Dovecot Gallery, Edinburgh

Rendezvous Gallery, Aberdeen


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), and Crosby Street Hotel, (New York), as well as numerous Private Collections.


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