Norman McBeath

Norman McBeath is a photographer and printmaker. The National Portrait Galleries in London and Edinburgh have over seventy of his portraits in their collections.

Portraits held in the National Portrait Gallery, London can be seen here.

Featuring in the Edinburgh Art Festival, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery is exhibiting The Long Look, work from a three-year collaboration with the painter Audrey Grant which explores the nature of portraiture beyond the conventional artist and sitter relationship. Norman's work is his reflection on being a sitter for a long-durational portrait by Audrey and includes printmaking, a limited edition artist's book, Cierran, and an abstract portrait of Audrey through a series of photographs which reflect his fascination with the often missed beauty of the commonplace. The Long Look is on from 25th May - 27th October 2019.

As well as showing at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery Norman also has work in the Fine Art Society's Edinburgh Art Festival exhibition, Intimate - A Portrait. He was invited to contribute along with a number of artists including John Byrne, John Bellany, Jennifer McRae, Maud Sulter, Nicole Farhi, Will Maclean and Ishbel Myerscough. Norman's work, made specially for the exhibition, is an abstract portrait of the painter Alison Watt which is shown on the right.

He was also invited to show eight prints in the upper gallery of the Fine Art Society from his new Noiseless Noise Series alongside Nicole Farhi's exhibition, Writing Heads. The Intimate and Writing Heads exhibitions are showing until 31st August.


Alison Watt