Graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1996 and since that time has exhibited in the UK and abroad, including London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dublin, Limassol and New York. He undertook a six-month residency in Cyprus, exhibits at the RGI and RSA and was awarded the N.S. Macfarlane Trust Award at the Royal Scottish Academy in 2007.
Rankine’s horses are not portraits of bloodstock, but evocations of the strength, elegance and movement embodied by the animal. His figurative works are more character studies than portraits, evoking the unknown inner life of the sitter with a few deft strokes of light. His still-lifes play with perception and surfaces, trompe l’oeils which are portraits of imagined works. His most recent work brings the conversation piece up to date, with scenes of modern life played out across different planes of existence.
Widely collected across the UK, Ireland, France, Finland and the US, Rankine’s work is in private and public collections, including The Woolwich, The Prince’s Trust and the University of Strathclyde.