Ken Currie

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Ken Currie
Born 1960 (age 55–56)
North Shields, Northumberland, England, UK

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


Chimera, 2010
Portrait of Peter Higgs, 2008

Currie's paintings 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.[1]

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.[2] 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."[3]


Exhibition Catalogs

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


  • Harrison, J. and Topp, G. (1995) Ken Currie: The Fourth Triptych and Other Works. Cleveland County Council.


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

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