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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Edinburgh College of Art and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Edinburgh College of Art, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Edinburgh College of Art include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Edinburgh College of Art alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Edinburgh College of Art are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Edinburgh College of Art.

This list features graduates like Eduardo Paolozzi and Jock Macdonald.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Edinburgh College of Art?” and “Which celebrities are Edinburgh College of Art alumni?”

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Elizabeth Blackadder is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Edinburgh College Of Art Alumni
Artist Dame Elizabeth Violet Blackadder, Mrs Houston, DBE, RA, RSA is a Scottish painter and printmaker. She is the first woman to be elected to both the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Academy. ...more

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John Bellany is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Edinburgh College Of Art Alumni
John Bellany Artist + John Bellany, CBE, RA was a Scottish painter. Indeed he is considered to be the pre-eminent Scottish painter of the second half of the twentieth century Bellany was born in Port Seton. His ...more

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John Duncan Fergusson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Edinburgh College Of Art Alumni
John Duncan Fergusson John Duncan Fergusson was a Scottish artist and sculptor, regarded as one of the major artists of the Scottish Colourists school of painting.

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Basil Spence is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Edinburgh College Of Art Alumni
Architect Sir Basil Urwin Spence, OM, OBE, RA was a Scottish architect, most notably associated with Coventry Cathedral in England and the Beehive in New Zealand, but also responsible for numerous other ...more

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Eduardo Paolozzi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Edinburgh College Of Art Alumni
Artist Sir Eduardo Luigi Paolozzi CBE RA was a Scottish sculptor and artist.

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Nicholas Grimshaw is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Edinburgh College Of Art Alumni
Architect Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, CBE, PPRA is a prominent English architect, particularly noted for several modernist buildings, including London's Waterloo International railway station and the Eden ...more

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John Arden is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Edinburgh College Of Art Alumni
Playwright John Arden was an English Marxist playwright who at his death was lauded as "one of the most significant British playwrights of the late 1950s and early 60s" Born in Barnsley, son of ...more

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Barbara Rae is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Edinburgh College Of Art Alumni
Painter, Printmaker, Artist Barbara Rae (1943 -) is a British painter.

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Edward Atkinson Hornel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Edinburgh College Of Art Alumni
Edward Atkinson Hornel Edward Atkinson Hornel was a Scottish painter of landscapes, flowers, and foliage, with children. He was a cousin of James Hornell. He was born in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria Australia, on 17 July ...more

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Alexander Carrick is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Edinburgh College Of Art Alumni
Alexander Carrick Alexander Carrick 1882–1966 was one of Scotland's leading monumental sculptors of the early part of the 20th century. He was responsible for many architectural and ecclesiastical works as well ...more

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Norman Reid is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Edinburgh College Of Art Alumni
Norman Reid Sir Norman Robert Reid was an arts administrator and painter and was the Director of the Tate Gallery from 1964 to 1979

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Robert Matthew is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Edinburgh College Of Art Alumni
Robert Matthew Architect Sir Robert Hogg Matthew, OBE, FRIBA was a Scottish architect and a leading proponent of modernism.

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Debi Gliori is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Edinburgh College Of Art Alumni
Novelist, Writer Debi Gliori is a Scottish author and illustrator of children's books. Her work has been shortlisted for, or won several notable artistic/literary awards.

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Wilhelmina Barns-Graham is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Edinburgh College Of Art Alumni
Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Wilhelmina Barns-Graham CBE was one of the foremost British abstract artists, a member of the influential Penwith Society of Arts.

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William Crozier is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Edinburgh College Of Art Alumni
William Crozier William Crozier was a Scottish landscape painter. Born in Edinburgh, Crozier studied at Edinburgh College of Art and was a fellow student and friendly with William Geissler, William Gillies, ...more

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William George Gillies is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Edinburgh College Of Art Alumni
William George Gillies Sir William George Gillies was a renowned Scottish landscape and still life painter. Gillies was born in Haddington, East Lothian. He had just enrolled at the Edinburgh College of Art, when he ...more

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William MacTaggart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Edinburgh College Of Art Alumni
William MacTaggart Sir William MacTaggart FRSE RSA was a Scottish painter known for his landscapes of East Lothian, France, Norway and elsewhere. He is sometimes called William MacTaggart the Younger to ...more

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William McTaggart is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Edinburgh College Of Art Alumni
William McTaggart William McTaggart was a Scottish landscape and marine painter who was influenced by Impressionism.

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John Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Edinburgh College Of Art Alumni
John Maxwell John Maxwell was a Scottish painter of landscapes and imaginative subjects. Born in Dalbeattie in Kirkcudbrightshire, Maxwell studied at Edinburgh College of Art from 1921 to 1927 and then, with ...more

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Anne Redpath is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Edinburgh College Of Art Alumni
Anne Redpath Anne Redpath OBE was a Scottish artist whose vivid domestic still lifes are among her best-known works.

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Robin Philipson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Edinburgh College Of Art Alumni
Robin Philipson Sir Robin Philipson was a Lancashire-born painter who was influential within the Scottish art scene for over three decades. Philipson was born in Broughton-in-Furness and moved to Scotland with ...more

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Stanley Cursiter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Edinburgh College Of Art Alumni
Stanley Cursiter Stanley Cursiter CBE FRSE FRIAS FEIS RSA RSW was a Scottish artist who played an important role in introducing Post-Impressionism and Futurism to Scotland. He served as the keeper, then ...more

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Owen Rixon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Edinburgh College Of Art Alumni
Owen Rixon Screenwriter, Film Director Owen Rixon is a film director.

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Tom Gauld is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Edinburgh College Of Art Alumni
Tom Gauld Cartoonist Tom Gauld is a Scottish cartoonist and illustrator. His style reflects his self-professed fondness of "deadpan comedy, flat dialogue, things happening offstage and inexpressive ...more

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Ken Eastman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Edinburgh College Of Art Alumni
Ken Eastman Kenneth C Eastman is an English ceramic artist, best known for his austere, flat bottomed, slab built ceramic vessels. He exhibits internationally and has won various awards in the field of ...more

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Al Fairweather is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Edinburgh College Of Art Alumni
Alastair Fairweather was a British jazz musician, born in Edinburgh, Scotland. Educated at the city's Royal High School and Edinburgh College of Art, Fairweather served his National Service in ...more

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Nicola Green is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Edinburgh College Of Art Alumni
Nicola Green Nicola Green is an English portrait artist based in London. She rose to prominence as a portrait artist in the late 1990s and has gained international acclaim for her keen ability to draw out ...more

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Wendy McMurdo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Edinburgh College Of Art Alumni
Wendy McMurdo is a British artist who specialises in photography and digital media. She attended Edinburgh College of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London and Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New ...more

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Sandy Brown is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Edinburgh College Of Art Alumni
Sandy Brown Alexander 'Sandy' Brown was a noted Scottish jazz clarinetist, band leader and acoustic engineer who performed mostly New Orleans-style and mainstream jazz. He had a particular interest in ...more

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Richard Wright is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Edinburgh College Of Art Alumni
Painter, Musician, Artist Richard Wright is a British artist and musician. Wright was born in London. His family moved to Scotland when he was young. He attended Edinburgh College of Art from 1978 to 1982 and studied at ...more

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Jock Macdonald is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Edinburgh College Of Art Alumni
Jock Macdonald James Williamson Galloway Macdonald, commonly known in his professional life as "Jock" Macdonald, was a member of Painters Eleven, whose goal was to promote abstract art in Canada.

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William Gear is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Edinburgh College Of Art Alumni
William Gear William Gear was a Scottish painter. Gear was born in Methil in the south-east of Fife, Scotland, the son of Janet Gear and Porteous Gear, a coal miner. At Buckhaven High School he won the Dux ...more

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Alan Davie is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Edinburgh College Of Art Alumni
Alan Davie James Alan Davie was a Scottish painter and musician. He was born in Grangemouth in 1920 and studied at Edinburgh College of Art in the late 1930s. An early exhibition of his work came through ...more

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Richard Demarco is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Edinburgh College Of Art Alumni
Richard Demarco Impresario Richard Demarco, CBE is a Scottish artist and promoter of the visual and performing arts.

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John Houston is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Edinburgh College Of Art Alumni
John Houston John Houston, OBE RSA was a Scottish painter. Houston was born in Buckhaven, Fife, and educated at Buckhaven High School and Edinburgh College of Art. An early career as a semi-professional ...more

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Callum Innes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Edinburgh College Of Art Alumni
Callum Innes Painter Callum Innes is a Scottish abstract painter, a former Turner Prize nominee and winner of the Jerwood Painting Prize.

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Andrew Black is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Edinburgh College Of Art Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter Andrew Black is a Scottish film director. Black's film The Snell Show won Best Short at the 2003 Slamdance Film Festival. His first feature film was Pride and Prejudice: A Latter-day Comedy. In ...more

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Alison Fell is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Edinburgh College Of Art Alumni
Alison Fell Poet, Novelist Alison Fell is a Scottish poet and novelist.

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Mairi Hedderwick is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Edinburgh College Of Art Alumni
Mairi Hedderwick Mairi Hedderwick is a Scottish illustrator and author, best known for the Katie Morag series of children's picture books set on the Isle of Struay, a fictional counterpart of the real-life inner ...more

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Jamie Muir is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Edinburgh College Of Art Alumni
Jamie Muir Jamie Muir is a UK painter and former percussionist, best known for his work in King Crimson.

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David Michie is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Edinburgh College Of Art Alumni
David Michie David Michie OBE RSA is a painter who was born in 1928 in the South of France, and brought up in the Scottish Borders. After national service when he qualified as an instructor in the Royal ...more

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Derek Shiel is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Edinburgh College Of Art Alumni
Derek Shiel Derek Shiel is a Dublin-born, London-based painter, sculptor, writer, and film-maker.

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Catriona Shaw is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Edinburgh College Of Art Alumni
Catriona Shaw Miss le bomb is the pseudonym of artist and musician Catriona Shaw born in Edinburgh, Scotland. After finishing her studies at Edinburgh College of Art in 1997 she moved to Munich, Germany to ...more

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Alastair Reid is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Edinburgh College Of Art Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Screenwriter Alastair Reid is a television director.

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Shashi Caan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Edinburgh College Of Art Alumni
Shashi Caan Shashi Caan is an architect, designer, advocacy icon, and founder of The Shashi Caan Collective, a US/UK multidisciplinary and international architecture and design firm, in 2002. She is the ...more