Approved: 23.08.2006

Rebecca Westguard

Artist, Lecturer / academic

Approved: 23.08.2006
  • Location: North East, Scotland
  • Artforms: Drawing, Painting
  • Tags: life painting, figure and life, oil painting, traditional painting, human form, portrait, mixed media, life drawing, male nude



    Artist Statement


    The complexity & discipline presented in drawing the human form, such as the challenges within composition, proportion, developing a multitude of poses or relationships within male & female diptychs. Sittings may reference historical contextual influences, personal reflection and environmental responses, or exposure to current political or social interest. My subject is alive and breaths …the challenge of responding to the model and the subtle but essential differences within a day's sitting captivate my attention.  For me, drawing is a conversation with detail. Once complete, each piece evokes a memory of the day’s experience, intrinsically related to a sitter’s physical and emotional well-being.

    CV & Education

    Solo Exhibition                    

    May - Jun 2011: ‘Comfortably Lost’, Meffan - Forfar

    Feb 2011: ‘Studying the Figure’ - North Glasgow College


    Individual Exhibition/Collective Exposition             

    Sept - Nov 2013: Autumn Exhibition - The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle

    Sept 2011/2012: The Brighton Art Fair - Corn Exchange, Brighton


    Selected Group Exhibition                    

    Mar 2016: ‘Figure, Form and Reverence’ - The Rendezvous Gallery - Aberdeen

    Feb 2016: ‘Life Studies’ - The Scottish Gallery - Edinburgh

    Nov 2015 - Feb 2016: RSA Open Exhibition 2015 - The Royal Scottish Academy - Edinburgh

    Jun - Aug 2012/2013/2014: ‘Works from the Artists Studio’, ‘New Work’, ‘Let’s Hear it for the Ladies’ - The Rendezvous Gallery - Aberdeen

    May 2002/10/12/13/14: Aberdeen Artist’s Society Annual - Aberdeen Art Gallery

    Jan 2013: ‘The Drawing Show’ - Compass Gallery, Glasgow

    Nov - Dec 2010/12: ‘Winter Exhibition’ - Meffan, Forfar

    Oct 2011/Aug 2012: ‘Memory Exhibition’ - Compass Gallery, Glasgow/Woodend Barn, Banchory

    Jun - Jul 2012: ‘Let’s Hear it for the Ladies’ - The Rendezvous Gallery, Aberdeen

    Oct - Nov 2010: NOACC National Open Art Competition - The Minerva Festival Theatre, Chichester

    Sept 2007/09/10: NEOS: North East Open Studios - St Cyrus/Johnshaven Studio

    Nov 2007: Medical Foundation Art Auction - The Building Centre, Home of New London Architects

    Jan 2003/2005: The Royal Society of Portrait Painters - Annual Exhibition, The Mall Galleries, London



    Awards & Residencies

    2012: Aberdeen Artists Shell 3rd Prize Winner 

    2010: The Orrin Trust Prize Winner ‘The Best from Scotland’. National Open Art Competition 

    2009/2010/2011: Summer Artist Residency. The Patrick Allan-Fraser of Hospitalfield Trust.

    2005: Aberdeenshire Visual Arts Award 

    Aug - Nov 2002: Royal Scottish Academy: John Kinross Scholarship. Florence, Italy. 


    Professional Experience

    2003 - present: Drawing Short Course Lecturer (and Short Course Provision Coordinator from 2015) - Gray's School of Art                           

    2003 - present: Freelance Artist: Masterclass Tuition, Visiting Artist Program - Aberdeen/Shire & Angus

    2010 - 2012: Arts Development Manager - The Patrick Allan-Fraser of Hospitalfield Trust, Arbroath

    2007 - 2009: Lead Artist - Art in Hospital - Aberdeen & Montrose       

    2003 - 2009: Lecturer - Aberdeen College                                                              

    2003 - 2009: Tutor - Aberdeen City and Shire Council Arts Development Team     

    2003 - 2005: Craft / Picture Framing Workshop Co-ordinator - Turning Point Scotland, Aberdeen                                                                                        

    Formal Education

    2003 - 2008: Aberdeen College - City & Guilds 7307 (cert in further education), Assessment & Moderation, New to F.E                                                                       

    1998 - 2002: Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen - BA (Hons) Fine Art

    1996 - 1998: Aberdeen College- HNC Fine Art, National Certificate Modules in Drawing & Painting