Joe Hargan

Artist Member, Diploma holder, Past President, Life Member

Born Glasgow, studied drawing and painting at Glasgow School of Art from 1970-74 under Danny Ferguson RSW RGI, James Robertson RSW RGI RSA PAI and Dr. David Donaldson RSA RP RGI LLD D.LITT (Queens Limner). Founder member and Chairman of Group 81 artists between 1981-1991.  President and Chairman of the Paisley Art Institute 1989-2000.

Prizes and Awards:
Painting prize, Glasgow School of Art 1972
First prize, National competition, Stirling Smith Art Gallery 1978
Cargill Award, Royal Glasgow Institute 1982
Torrance Award, Royal Glasgow Institute 1984
Mayor Oppenheim Award Royal Scottish Academy 1986
Hunting Group Art Prizes- 2nd Prize, London; Paris & Edinburgh 1988
The Paisley Art Institute Award, Paisley Art Institute. 1993
PAI Diploma-Awarded by Paisley Art Institute 1996
Contemporary Fine Art Award, Paisley Art Institute 2001
William Bowie Award, Paisley Art Institute 2002
Maude Gemmell Hutchison Award, Royal Scottish Academy 2002
The Richmondhill Gallery Award, Paisley Art Institute 2005
Reid Kerr College Award 2007
2021 Paisley City of Culture bid award 2017
First prize Arnold Clark prize, Paisley Art Institute 2019

Collections include: The Paisley Art Institute collection, Paisley Art Gallery.
Lord and Lady MacFarlane British Broadcasting Company Strathclyde Education Dept South of Scotland Electricity Board Dr.G.M. Addis Mrs Ford 2nd collection Kuwait Royal Family Flemings Bank Collection. Paisley University Costley Hotels Sir David McNee Bloomberg collection Maclaurin Art Gallery Ayr Scotland.

Has work in numerous private and corporate collections throughout the United Kingdom; Europe; USA; South Africa; Canada; Brazil; Japan; Australia and New Zealand.

Commissioned to paint two portraits, one of the Chancellor and the other the Principal of Paisley University. Recently Exhibited at, The Glasgow Groups 50th Anniversary at the Glasgow Concert Hall 101 Anniversary of the Maclaurin Art Gallery Ayr Scotland. The Paisley Art Institute Diplomates Exhibition.