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Painter, born in Paisley, Renfrewshire. He studied at Chelsea School of Art, 1973–7, going on to teach part-time at Slade School of Fine Art. McFadyen won a major Arts Council Award, an award from the same source for a film project and in 1981 was artist-in-residence at National Gallery. McFadyen’s raw, colourful and sometimes gauche-looking pictures are in fact a serious comment on life in the modern urban environment. His group shows included the Whitechapel Open; the Arts Council tour Fragments Against Ruin; and New British Painting at Cincinatti Arts Centre, and tour. The artist had many solo shows, including Acme Gallery; Bede Gallery, Jarrow; Compass Gallery, Glasgow; Blond Fine Art; and Scottish Gallery, London, 1989. Beyond Turner’s Road, at Agnew in 2001, continued McFadyen’s urban obsession with pictures of London, Orkney, middle America and France.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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