When it opened in Glasgow in 1992 the Roger Billcliffe Gallery was Scotland’s largest private gallery, occupying five floors of an early 19th century building in the heart of Glasgow. We left that building in July 2022 and will reopen nearby in new premises in September 2022
The Gallery opened in 1992, taking over the building formerly occupied by the Fine Art Society plc where Roger Billcliffe had been Director since 1979. The Gallery now specialises in exhibiting the best of Scottish contemporary and 20th century painting with changing monthly exhibitions, primarily solo shows although group exhibitions are usually presented during the summer months.
The Gallery represents many of Scotland’s leading painters including Duncan Shanks, Peter Howson Gordon Mitchell, Christine McArthur, James D. Robertson, Mary Armour, David Donaldson, John Bellany, Glen Scouller, John Boyd, George Devlin, James McNaught, Ronald F. Smith and James Fullarton as well as supporting younger artists such as Sam Cartman, Martin Hill, Mhairi McGregor, Saul Robertson, Sheila McInnes, Ruth Brownlee, Sarah Carrington, Matthew Draper, David Rae, Paul Kennedy and our own Michael Corsar.
The Roger Billcliffe Gallery is a participant in the “Own Art” interest free loan scheme for loans up to £2,500.
In addition, Roger Billcliffe’s own interests in the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the Glasgow Boys and the Scottish Colourists, on whom he has published widely, are reflected in the many private and public sales and consultancies which the Gallery undertakes.
For a fee the Gallery also undertakes valuations and is able to act as adviser to individual and corporate collectors on the development of their collections.
Roger Billcliffe opened his Gallery in Glasgow in 1992 acquiring his premises from The Fine Art Society where he had been a Director since 1979, responsible for the Society’s two Scottish Galleries in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Prior to that he was in charge of the Art Collections at the University of Glasgow, from 1969-77 and was also Keeper of Fine Art at Glasgow Art Gallery from 1977-79.
Roger Billcliffe has published widely on Scottish Art of the last hundred years. His books include the standard work on the Glasgow Boys (Frances Lincoln, 2008), The Scottish Colourists (John Murray, London, 1989) and several works on Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the architecture and decorative arts of Glasgow at the turn of the century. These include Charles Rennie Mackintosh: the Complete Furniture, Furniture Drawings and Interior Designs (Cameron & Hollis, 4th edition, 2010); Mackintosh Watercolours (John Murray, London 1978); Mackintosh Textile Designs (Pomegranate, San Francisco 1992) and Mackintosh Furniture (Cameron and Hollis, Moffat 1990). His latest book, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Art of The Four (Frances Lincoln, 2017) is a comprehensive account of the lives and work of these world-renowned Glasgow artists.
Michael Corsar trained as a painter at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, graduating in 1996.
He joined the Roger Billcliffe team in 1998 and became a Director in 2005.
In addition to working in the gallery full-time Michael is also a successful practising artist exhibiting throughout the UK and America.