Iain Faulkner was born and raised in Glasgow in 1973, he graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1996 with a BA (Honours) Degree in Fine Art. From the onset of Iain Faulkner's professional art career, contemporary and conceptual art was not an option for him. He instead chose to follow a more difficult and demanding path of figurative painting known for being judged on precise proficiency and workmanship.
Iain Faulkner's strong and powerful images rely on visual impact as there is rarely any narrative. They capture and portray calm and contemplative moments, intimacy, solitude and melancholy. He successfully captures these moods by using the technique of chiaroscuro, giving a stark contrast between light sources and dark tones. There is a stillness in the everyday themes he explores which convey a sense of inner-reflection. This is heightened by the formality of his young egotistic characters and emphasised by the use of light and shadows, reinforcing his subjects emotional detachment. His charcoal drawings are testament to his draughtsmanship; his awareness of the importance of drawing and control of tone, revealing an insight into his creative process.
Iain’s last four shows in London and New York were completely sold out as a result of the public’s appreciation and overall success of his relatively short career.