John Houston – A Retrospective

1930                            Born, Buckhaven, Fife

1948-54                       Studied at Edinburgh College of Art

1955                            Lecturer at Edinburgh College of Art

1982-89                       Deputy Head of the School of Painting and Drawing, Edinburgh College of Art

1990                            Created a Member of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

2004                            LLD Heriot Watt University

2008                            Died 27th September in Edinburgh


He was also a Royal Scottish Academician, a Member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours and a Member of the Royal Glasgow Institute.

He lived and worked in Edinburgh and was married to the artist Elizabeth Blackadder.




1958                                        57 Gallery, Edinburgh

1960,62,65,67,71,75,80          The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh


1966,68,70,72,75,77,79,         Mercury Gallery, London


1969                                        Wusthum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, Wisconsin

Johnson Foundation, Racine, Wisconsin

Lane Gallery, Bradford

1970                                        Cerberus Gallery, New York

1970,72,74,76,79,86               Loomshop Gallery, Lower Largo, Fife

1974                                        Oban Art Society

Glen Pavilion, Dunfermline

1976                                        Scottish Arts Council, Gaelic College, Skye

1978                                        Lamp of Lothian Collegiate Centre, Haddington

1979                                        Middlesbrough Art Gallery and Museum

1983, 85                                  Mercury Gallery, Edinburgh

1985                                        Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

1985-6                                     Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh,

Portraits of Sir Alexander Gibson

1987                                        Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh,

Works on Paper 1962-1987, and tour

1994, 99                                  Corrymella Scott Gallery, Newcastle Upon Tyne

1996                                        McGeary Gallery, Brussels

Roger Billcliffe Fine Art, Glasgow

Macaulay Gallery, Stenton, East Lothian

1999                                        Bohun Gallery, Henley-on-Thames

Glasgow Print Studio, Monoprints

2004                                        Browse & Darby, London

2005                                        The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh

2009                                        The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Memorial Exhibition

2010                                        Browse & Darby, London, A Retrospective