Joy Bain is an established contemporary Scottish Artist based in Glasgow, creating works full of colour, energy and vibrancy.

She has exhibited across the UK and produced many bespoke commissions for international clients including Grouse and Tunnocks.

“Her art form expresses the richness of life’s tapestry through the medium of oil that exposes her inner self and transcends across the collective conscious that is anchor to an eclectic world today” – Aidan McEoin

As well as creating her own unique works, Joy often teaches printmaking and leads the woodcut courses at Glasgow Print Studio.

If you would like to purchase work by Joy or talk about commissioning something especially for you, do contact by email:

Solo Exhibitions

2023 Doon in Troon in June, Glasgow Print Studio
2022 Berneray,The Bee spoke to the Hare, Glasgow
The Machair, the Machair Bar, Glasgow
Life’s a Peach, Brutti Compadres, Glasgow
Year of the Rooster, Glasgow Print Studio
2014 Dia de Los Muertos, Brunswick Hotel, Glasgow
2012 Scottish Sayings, Cafe Gandolfi, Glasgow
2008 Feet in the Clouds, Glasgow Film Theatre
Great Apes, Pentagon Gallery, Glasgow
Monkey Business, Brunswick Hotel, Glasgow
2004 The Joy and the Bain of Elvis, Brunswick Hotel, Glasgow
2003 Coats and a Couple of Horses, Brunwick Hotel, Glasgow
1999 Here’s Looking at You, Glasgow Print Studio, Glasgow
1998 Albino Gorilla, Free Gallery, Glasgow
1997 Zebra, The Old Church, Raeberry St. Glasgow
1996 Upper Gallery, Questors Theatre, London

Selected Group Exhibitions

2023 Mixed Winter Exhibition, The Front Room Gallery, Helensburgh
Wasps X, Kirkcudbright Galleries, Kircudbright
Framework Gallery , Troon
Seascapes, Studio Two Six One Gallery, Glasgow
Through the Letterbox, The FrontRoom Gallery, Helensburgh
2022 The Love of Print, 50 years of Glasgow Print Studio, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow
2019 Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland, Radisson Blu, Glasgow
2018 The Circle of life, The Brunswick, Glasgow
Glasgow Print Studio, Glasgow
Cafe Gandolfi, Glasgow
GLASGOW, Southblock Studios, Glasgow
2017 CUT, Glasgow Print Studio
Cafe Gandolfi, Glasgow
Art Market, the Briggait, Glasgow
2016 Royal Glasgow Institute, Mitchell Library, Glasgow
Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland, Radisson Blu, Glasgow
Dia de Los Muertos, Ayr
Cafe Gandolfi, Glasgow
Glasgow Print Studio, Glasgow
2015 House of an Art Lover, Glasgow
Glasgow Print Studio
2014 Leiper Gallery, Glasgow
Art Exposure, Glasgow
Bitches and Banter, SWG3, Glasgow
Referendum Show, Bothwell Lane, Glasgow
2013 House for an Art Lover, Glasgow
Corporate Show, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Glasgow
Royal Glasgow Institute, McLennan Galleries, Glasgow
House for an Art Lover, Glasgow
40/40 Glasgow Print Studio
2012 PUGS,Pop Up Gallery,Glasgow
Little Shop with No Name, TroonPop, Pop up Gallery, Glasgow
2011 House for an Art Lover, Glasgow

PUGS, Pop up Gallery, Glasgow
Pop goes the Easel, Glasgow Print Studio
2010 Tunnocked, Glasgow Print Studio
Pop Art, Pop Up Gallery, Glasgow
2009 Mid May at the Majestic , Majestic Laundrette, Glasgow
Aberdeen Artist’s Society, Aberdeen Art Gallery
Originals 09, Mall Galleries, London
2007 Image in Print, Pentagon Gallery, Glasgow
Scottish Print Open, Glasgow Print Studio
2006 Twenty, Joan Hughson Gallery, Hyndland, Glasgow
2003 Ex Libris Show, Glasgow Print Studio
Arrangement in Grey and Black, Glasgow Print Studio
2002 The Pink Ribbon, Breast Cancer Awareness Exhibition, Glasgow Print Studio
Alive and Printing, Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow
London Art Fair, Islington, London
Art in the Square, Glasgow
2001 Art Exposure Gallery, Glasgow
Festival Show, Festival Gallery, Edinburgh
London Art Fair, Islington, London
Art in the Square, Glasgow
2000 Scottish Smalls, Glasgow Print Studio
London Art Fair, Islington, London
1999 Small Screen 5, Lloyd Gerome Gallery, Glasgow
Art Exposure Gallery, Glasgow
Contemporary Paint Fair, Barbican, London
GPS Prints, Barlinnie Prison, Glasgow
Modern Scottish Graphics, Touring Show of India
Glasgow Print Studio Festival Show, Festival Gallery Edinburgh
Art in the Square, Glasgow Art Fair
Valentine Show, Original Print Shop
London Art Fair, Islington, London
Contemporary Print Fair, Barbican, London

Public & Private Collections

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow
The Public Catalogue Foundation
Glasgow Print Studio, Archives
Collins Gallery, Strathclyde University, Glasgow
New Hall Cambridge, Cambridge
Joan Hughson Gallery, Glasgow
Lord Calloway, Edinburgh
The Firebird, Glasgow
Scaramouche, Glasgow

Works held in private collections in London, New York, Florida, Australia and Spain.

Work Experience
2021 Artist Assistant, Falkirk Canal Encounters Festival.
2018 Artist Assistant, Fire and Light Extravaganza, Falkirk.
Helping to create large willow lanterns.
2017 Screenprinting Tutor, Create, Project Ability.
Teaching young people 16-18 to screenprint, culminating in an exhibition at Kelvingrove Art gallery, Glasgow
2016 -18 Arts tutor, Dia de Los Muertos. Ayr.
Making papiér mache skulls and painting banners , children 6 -12
2014 Volunteer printmaking tutor, Aspire, Project Ability.
Supporting participants with learning difficulties to create their own art work
2012– Woodcut tutor, Glasgow Print Studio
Part of the introduction to print team; maximum 6 participants creating woodcuts, using woodcut tools, cutting out the image, inking up the block and printing the block using the Eagle press.
2010-12 Demonstrating Woodcut, Glasgow Print Studio Open Doors Day.
Printing woodcuts to show the public the workings of the Eagle Press.
2006- 08 Outreach Worker, Arts Plus, Paisley
Helping young mothers with communication skills, painting, sculpting, printmaking and cooking.
2006 Arts tutor, Paisley Arts Centre, Paisley
Screenprinting with children, 8 -12
2002-04 Outreach Arts Worker, Glasgow Print Studio
Screenprinting with children, 7 – 16
2002 Demonstrating screenprinting at the Alive and Printing Exhibition, Kelvingrove, Glasgow
2000 Arts Tutor, Women’s group, Ruchazie, Glasgow
Teaching drawing and painting
1992-97 Community Art Consultant, Strathclyde Regional Council
Painting and drawing with children 7-16 at various youth clubs
1990 Scenic Artist, Citizen’s Theatre, Glasgow
Painting back drops, props for the pantomime Mother Goose