An artist who paints the human figure with a brutal honesty, this exhibition of portraits by Ken Currie reveals why he is one of the outstanding figurative painters of his generation.

The painter Ken Currie was one of the New Glasgow Boys in the 1980s along with Peter Howson, Adrian Wisniewski and the late Steven Campbell. Their subject matter related to Industrial Glasgow, yet by the 1990s Currie had moved onto a far more caustic subject.

Having been deeply affected by the Balkan war, Currie began painting pictures symbolizing the grim-realities of war-torn Europe. Decaying and damaged bodies became a response to what he saw as the sickness of contemporary society. This exhibition at The Scottish National Portrait Gallery, mediates on Currie’s idea of the portrait and its continued significance in the modern world.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

1 Queen Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH2 1JD

0131 624 6200


Opening times

Daily, 10am – 5pm. (6pm during August). Open from noon on 1 Jan. Closed 25 – 26 Dec.

Free to all

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