Ian studied at Glasgow School of Art in the early 1970s where he won the Hutcheson Drawing Prize. On graduating he was awarded the Cargill Travelling Scholarship to Spain and North Africa. A decade later he travelled to Central Africa on an Arts Council Bursary, visiting certain fishing villages on Lake Tanganyika that hadn’t seen outsiders since Livingstone. A successful figurative painter he is best known for his work inspired by the societies of North and South America. He exhibits regularly at the Royal Academy, the Royal Glasgow Institute, the Discerning Eye and leading commercial galleries across Europe. His work is held in the public collections of the BBC, Lloyds TSB and the Glasgow School of Art.