Born 1971, Bellshill, lives and works in Glasgow.

Michael Fullerton studied at Glasgow School of Art and graduated from its MFA programme in 2002.

Fullerton’s work explores themes surrounding the reception and dissemination of information. Portraiture is central to his work and his paintings, which engage with forms typical of 18th Century portraiture, express his interest  in representatives from institutions that gather and circulate information, evidence, make judgments or represent strong ideological positions. These figures include: Lady Cosgrove (the first woman to be appointed to the role of judge in Scotland’s Supreme Court), Paddy Joe Hill (the wrongfully imprisoned alleged Birmingham Six bomber) and Alan Turing (the developer of modern computer science).

Fullerton’s practice expresses his long-standing interest in the theoretical aspects of painting and the act of looking. He is particularly concerned with issues surrounding the status and role of contemporary painting in a society dominated by the mass media, and the relationship between painting and the public domain.

Selected Exhibitions



‘Columbia’, Chisenhale Gallery, London, September


‘Black and White Are Colours’, Art Nova, Art Basel Miami Beach


‘Pleasure in Nonsense’, Carl Freedman Gallery, London


‘Get Over Yourself’, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York


‘ART NOW’, Tate Britain, London

‘Suck on Science’, CCA: Glasgow


‘Are You Hung Up?’, Carl Freedman Gallery (formerly Counter Gallery)