RGI Graduate Prize Award – Jerry Dowds

It’s five years since Jerry gave up a successful career in web technology and IT to study and work in visual art. After a six-month portfolio preparation class at Tramway Visual Arts Studio, he went on to complete a BA (Hons) in Fine Art (Painting and Printmaking) at GSA.

“I was very happy to have a space in the Mackintosh Building to work for my degree show,” says Jerry. “The building has interesting features which I could work with, such as the stone tables used in the original ceramics department and old coal bunkers.

“With a minimalist series of works, I wanted to use the dark spaces for my video work, suspend my wrecking ball piece from the rafters and hang other pieces of painting, photography and sculptural relief to the wall space.

“I have used materials and distilled colour from Glasgow’s urban environment.
Concrete, emulsion and spray paint feature in much of my work, drawing
on the qualities of the materials such as their surface and social

Hard on the heels of the degree show, Jerry is exhibiting at Candid Arts Centre in Islington, along with a group of other Glasgow School of Art graduates. The show runs from 10 – 14 July, with support from GSA alumni, Alistair Gray, John Byrne who is an Honorary RGI, and Peter Capaldi. (

Scotsman Review

Photograph of wall within space with

1. ‘Glasgow x 100’ Digitally
Manipulated Photographic image. 52cm x 52 cm. (2012)

2. ‘Concrete Relief’ Concrete. 65cm x 65 cm. (2012)

‘Concrete with Green’ Concrete, pigment, resin (2012)

‘Suspended wrecking ball’ Plaster, pigment and metal rope (2012)

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