Meet Chris Brickley | Senior Picture Specialist05 Jan 2022
I am thrilled to be joining such a prestigious institution as The Scottish Gallery, at such an exciting juncture, and look forward to contributing my knowledge and experience to their continued success. I know the team well, and it is a gallery that I have always enjoyed visiting. The way they have risen to the challenge of the (post) lockdown era is impressive and forward-looking, and I relish the prospect of being involved with what comes next for The Gallery.
Chris was born and educated in Glasgow and studied at the University of St Andrews, where he attained a PhD on the Glasgow School. He has had a successful 25-year career in the Fine Art industry, as a Director of Bonhams, and Head of the Picture Department in Scotland. Under Chris's stewardship his team rose to become market leaders for Scottish Art.
He is an acknowledged expert on Scottish/Modern British Art, and- in particular- the Scottish Colourists, Glasgow Boys, Joan Eardley and the Edinburgh School. In 2011 he curated the first dedicated auction of the Scottish Colourists to be held anywhere since the mid-1990s.
Chris believes in showcasing the best Scottish art in an international context, and has exhibited works in the US, Canada, Hong Kong and Paris, as well as regular exhibitions in Scotland and London. He is joining The Scottish Gallery as Senior Picture Specialist, bringing extensive experience across the board.
His first employment in the art world was with Tramway in Glasgow during the Year of Culture in 1990. Following this, Chris worked in the south of France for six months before teaching EFL in Scotland and then Lisbon. He returned to Scotland to commence a PhD, tutoring second year arts undergraduate students, before joining Phillips in Glasgow as a Contemporary Art specialist in 1996. He has extensive experience of conducting valuations, house and studio sales, both in the UK and overseas. During his time as a picture specialist, he consigned and successfully sold several of the most important private collections of Scottish Art ever to come to the market.
Chris has lectured extensively, including the National Galleries of Scotland, McManus in Dundee, and in London and Canada. He was an Honorary Fellow of the University of Edinburgh, and on the board of the Boswell Art Collection in Fife. In 2015, he curated the exhibition John Smellie (1886-1925) Painter of the Clyde Coast. Copies of the catalogue are available in the Mitchell Library, Glasgow, and the City of Edinburgh (Art) Library. Most recently, he has worked as an art consultant.
During 2020, Chris published 16 YEARS, the celebrated and independently-produced documentary photobook of live music in Scotland during the post/punk period. A series of launch events was staged across the country, including an online event with Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow. The book has stockists throughout Scotland and in London.
In his spare time, Chris enjoys reading, writing, painting, and having a kick-around with the kids. When possible, he escapes 'Doon The Watter'. Otherwise, he might settle for a trip to Spain or Germany.