About Nichol Wheatley

Born 1971, Edinburgh. Scotland.


Glasgow School of Art 1989 – 93


Between Art school and 1999 Nichol had a series of jobs that included being a stonemason, a blacksmith and working in kitchens. He did a series of hand-drawn adverts for a bike shop that were the most stolen item on the subway in Glasgow. He ran a few bars for the late Alan Mawn. And he was a bouncer. There may have been other jobs.  


1999 – Present. Owner and Director of Perfect Circle Art. A fine art studio modelled on the classical studios of antiquity. The purpose of this was to improve his technique by taking commercial projects that would lead to learning outcomes. Perfect Circle handles fine art projects up to the value of about £500,000.


2005 – 2019. Nichol worked closely with Alasdair Gray on various projects including his large cycle of murals at Òran Mór, his Hillhead Mural for Hillhead subway station and various other pieces of work and ideas.


2009 – 2012. Cofounder and director of Maryhill Art School a small private art school dedicated to traditional drawing and painting skills.


2012 – 2013.  Worked with Paul Buchanan (formerly of the Blue Nile) to make his first major artwork. A large artwork for Kelvinhall subway station.


2015 – Present. Nichol has been painting for himself. He has had 5 Solo shows which in the main have sold out.

2016 Caught Light.

2017 Rouk Skies.

2018 Still Water.

2019 Lost Castles.

2020 Still Path.


2019 - 2020. Director at SOGO Arts, Glasgow.


2019 – Present. Commissioning Artist at the Distillers art. Independent Whisky company -  www.distillersart.com


Notable works


The Tam o’Shanter cycle of murals at Òran Mór.

Painting the ceiling of the auditiorium at Òran Mór for Alasdair Gray.

Manufacturing the Hillhead Subway Mural for Alasdair Gray, which was based on one of Nichol Wheatley's drawings.

Ceiling of St Aloysious – in conjunction with Page and Park.

Portrait of David Dunbar – President of the Royal Incorporation of Architects Scotland.

Murals for set of Trainspotting 2.

Nichol Wheatley at the opening of Hotel Indigo, Glasgow.

Nichol and the team at Perfect Circle did the the entire artwork solution for the hotel.

Photo © Walter Kirk.

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