Ken Currie

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Ken Currie
Born 1960 (age 55–56)
North Shields, Northumberland, England, UK
Nationality Scottish
Education Glasgow School of Art
Known for Painting, Printmaking
Notable work Three Oncologists, Portrait of Peter Higgs, Chimera

Ken Currie (born 1960 in North Shields, Northumberland, England) is a Scottish artist.


Chimera, 2010
Portrait of Peter Higgs, 2008

Currie's paintings show a profound interest in the body (physical and metaphorical) and the 'terror' of mortality .[1] His works are primarily concerned with how the human body is affected by illness, ageing and physical injury.[citation needed] Closely related to these themes, his work also deals with social and political issues and philosophical questions. Although many of the images dealing with metaphysical questions do not feature figures, a human presence is nevertheless suggested.[how?]

He was labeled[by whom?] as one of the New Glasgow Boys along with Peter Howson, Adrian Wisniewski and Steven Campbell who studied together at the Glasgow School of Art.[citation needed]

His Glasgow History Mural was commissioned on the 200th anniversary of the Calton weavers massacre in 1987 and is displayed on the ceiling of the People's Palace.[2]

Currie was commissioned by the University of Edinburgh to paint a portrait of Peter Higgs, the theoretical physicist, which was unveiled in 2009. He is a "reluctant portraitist", and this was only his second portrait.[3] He said, referring to the Higgs boson, "I am very interested in Peter's work. I don't for one second claim to grasp the theory, but I do understand the sublime, and there is a sublime quality to it all, a beauty, an awesome quality. In some respects, the subject is quite terrifying."[4]


Exhibition Catalogs

  • Ken Currie: Tragic Forms [Catalogue of the exhibition held at Flowers 2016] London.
  • Ken Currie: Immortality [Catalogue of the exhibition held at Flowers 2010] London.
  • Ken Currie: Animals [Catalogue of the exhibition held at Flowers 2008] London.


  • Tom Normand, Ken Currie: Details of a Journey, Lund Humphries Publishers (June 1, 2002), ISBN 0853318360
  • Ken Currie, Ken Currie Painting & Sculpture, 1995–96, Panart Publishing Limited (January 1, 1996) ISBN 1901340007
  • Harrison, J. and Topp, G. (1995) Ken Currie: The Fourth Triptych and Other Works. Cleveland County Council.


  1. ^ "Interview: Ken Currie on 'the terror' of mortality". The Scotsman. 
  2. ^ Ken Currie. "THE GLASGOW HISTORY MURAL". Media Matters. Retrieved 2010-02-05. 
  3. ^ "A powerful driving force". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 2011-04-28. 
  4. ^ "Portrait of a man at beginning of time". The Times. Retrieved 2011-04-28. (subscription required)

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