The Glasgow Art Club: Established 1867
The Glasgow Art Club always welcomes New Members into its fold, and it’s not just a club solely for artists! Located in the heart of the city, The Glasgow Art Club is the private members' club with a difference. Steeped in culture and heritage, the Club has been a meeting place for generations of the city’s most innovative and creative inhabitants.
Become a regular in the fun and relaxed environment of the Glasgow Art Club and experience a better way of socialising, networking and meeting new people. With a fully stocked bar, a restaurant serving delicious lunches, two exclusive private dining/drinking/meeting rooms and our impressive Gallery space, which lends itself fantastically to regular live music events, we really do have something for everyone.
What are you waiting for? Find out more about Glasgow Art Club today!
Membership starts from as little as £9.00 per month and with reduced rates for artists, students, under 35’s, corporate and out of town members, there’s never been a better time to join!
We run guided tours of our historic building, please book via eventbrite (booking is essential, max 12 places per tour)
We also offer room hire for private groups which can include anything from corporate board meetings to venue hire for concerts or art events and private dining experiences. The Glasgow Art Club offers a stunning and unique building to host a variety of events.
Each month we feature the work of one of our Artist Members, giving them the chance to showcase their work on the Club’s website. Their work is also on display in the Club for the duration of the month.
Joe Hargan PAI is the Featured Artist for December 2018
Joe Hargan is highly respected and stands out among Scottish artists as he rejects the pastiche (imitation) and is his own man, with his own unique artistic style – that is why his art is so interesting to his many collectors.
Joe is proud of the fact that his skills were honed in one of the greatest periods of Scottish artistic training; when drawing and painting and how to use materials were rigorously taught. He describes taking several hours to do a single study of a model in the morning and then being asked to do multiple fifteen minute paintings of the same model in the afternoon – the difference between a tight and a more energetic and spirited drawing. He asserts that many of his best drawings were when he used his instincts rather than use every last detail of observation.
You get some insight into how he has chosen to apply his training roots when he references renaissance art and the romantic period and uses such terms as ‘elegant’, ‘swashbuckling’ and ‘aspirational’.
Joe conjured up the character 'Sniffy' who looks bumptious but likeable and who has now become almost universally famous. In creating the personality, who someone suggested ‘looked a bit sniffy’, he was unaware that the character would provoke such a strong response and positive reaction. The character allows him to create humorous narratives or little playlets. He invites the viewer to pour over his studies and to work to interpret the various symbolic devices and metaphors contained within, what he terms his little ‘happenings’ or compositions. Sniffy is always in profile. He is unsure of where the Sniffy journey is going, or when it will end. Sniffy has been incredibly successful, but Joe does not want to be typecast – there is much more to his art and that is evidenced in the breadth of what he is prepared to tackle in his painting range.