Joe Hargan was born in Glasgow in 1952. He studied drawing
and painting at the Glasgow School of Art from 1970 –
74, under such influential figures as Danny Ferguson RSW.
RGI., Drummond Bone RSW., James Robertson RSW. RGI. RSA.
and Dr. David Donaldson RSA.RP.RGI.LLD.D.LITT (Queens
He was a founder member and President of Group 81 Artists,
who regularly exhibited at the McLellan Galleries in Glasgow.
In 1981 Joe was elected a member of the Glasgow Art Club,
and then in 1985 he became a member of the Paisley Art
Institute. Later that year, he was elected a council member
of the Institute – and went on to be voted Chairman
and President, a post he held for 11 years.
Joe is widely recognised as one of the most talented
and distinguished painters living and working in Scotland
today. His work has been awarded prizes right from the
very beginning of his career – he won the Painting
Prize whilst still at Glasgow School of Art in1972 - right
up to the present day, recently winning The Richmondhill
Gallery Award in 2005. His contribution to contemporary
Scottish painting was recognised in 1996 with the award
of the prestigious Paisley Art Institute Diploma.
His work and characters have become instantly recognizable
and are much loved by art collectors, with the character
‘Sniffy’ making regular appearances. Much
has been written about the symbolism and meaning of his
work, but the constant, which underpins it all, is the
phenomenal quality of the painting.
His work is widely shown in exhibition, winning prizes
regularly, and is held in private and corporate collections
around the world.