Born and raised in Aberdeen on the North East coast of Scotland, Barry McGlashan studied painting at Grays School of Art graduating in 1996 with first class honours. In 1998 he returned to Grays School of Art where he continued to teach in the drawing and painting department until 2005 when he left teaching to pursue painting full time.
Winning The Alastair Salvesen Scholarship at The Royal Scottish Academy in 2001, McGlashan used the funds to travel through the United States for 3 months. This trip became the starting point for several exhibitions based on this and subsequent journeys taking him through the Mid-West, the Southern States and West Coast. In recent years McGlashan’s fascination with exploration and discovery has led him on a journey through historical travellers, writers and latterly, artists in their studios. Meticulously researched, the recent paintings demonstrate the artist’s extraordinary range of imagination combined with a playfulness and delight he finds in his subjects.
Examples of his work are held in several public collections including Aberdeen Art Gallery, The Scottish Society (New York) and the Royal Scottish Academy. In 2019 his painting of Rubens in his studio was included in a new display in Rubens’s studio at the Rubenshuis in Antwerp.