Born Glasgow, 1967. Lives and works in Glasgow.

Nathan Coley received a BA Hons in Fine Art from Glasgow School of Art in 1989.

Coley examines how the values of a society are reflected in, and determined by, its built environment, addressing concerns such as the importance of place, the social value of architecture and the meaning and relevance of contemporary monuments. Coley produced a ‘camouflage portrait’ for the first Cove Park Portfolio, transposing the language of his neon sculptural work for the solo exhibition There will be no miracles here, at Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute, 2006 and used in a public installation in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, launched in September 2006.

Selected Solo Exhibitions


Bergen Kunsthall, Norway


’46 Brooklands Gardens’, Firstsite, Public Commission, Jaywick

De la Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea

Haunch of Venison, Berlin


Turner Prize shortlisted artist / Tate Liverpool

Nathan Coley, doggerfisher, Edinburgh

‘We Must Cultivate Our Garden’, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh.

‘Gathering of Strangers’, Centre for Contemporary Art, Nottingham


‘Camouflage Church’, Santiago de Compostela

‘There Will Be No Miracles Here’, Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute


Haunch of Venison, London

‘Jerusalem Syndrome’. Cooper Gallery, Duncan of Jordanstone, Dundee


Nathan Coley, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

‘Show Home’, Milton Keynes Gallery


‘Black Tent’, Portsmouth Cathedral, Portsmouth

‘Show Home’, City Arts Centre, Dublin

‘Show Home’, North Shields, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne


‘Ruskin’s Road’, Leidsche Rijn, The Netherlands (as part of Super Utrecht)

‘The Black Maria’, The Physics Room, (as part of Scape: Art & Industry Urban Biennial) Christchurch, New Zealand


Nathan Coley and Bas Jan Ader, Vilma Gold, London

‘The Italian Tower’, Kielder Reservoir, Northumbria, England

‘The Land Marked’, Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon 2000 International style, Architectural Association, London

Nathan Coley, (with de Rijke / de Rooji) Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich