Born 1975 in Cambridge, UK

Lives and works in Glasgow

Solo Exhibitions

2016 One Remove, Witte de With, Rotterdam
2015 Sticks & Stones, Murray Guy, New York
Random House, Peter Freeman, New York
Sticks & Stones, Musées Gallo-Romains, Lyon, France
2013 Exit, Voice and Loyalty, Tramway, Glasgow, Scotland
Monday 8.4.13 … Monday 22.4.13, Yale Union (YU), Portland
A Proposal for Mount Stuart, Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute, Scotland
Force Justify, CAB Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Caja de Burgos, Burgos, Spain
2012 Harlequin Is As Harlequin Does, Murray Guy, New York
Scene, Hold, Ballast: David Maljkovic and Lucy Skaer, Sculpture Center, New York
Force Justify 3, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna,
Force Justify, Tulips & Roses, Brussels
2011 Rachel, Peter, Caitlin, John, Art Unlimited, Art Basel 42, Basel
Blanks and Ballast, Galerie Nelson Freeman, Paris
Film for an Abandoned Projector, Lyric Picture House, Armley, Leeds, UK
Gill Clarke and Lucy Skaer: A Dance of Ownership, a Song in Hand, live performance and installation, Bargehouse, London
2010 Rachel, Peter, Caitlin, John, Location One, New York
2009 A Boat Used As A Vessel, Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland
2008 Catch This, Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK
The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh
The Siege, Chisenhale Gallery, London
2007 The Siege, JICB Cube Gallery, An Tuirann, Portree, Isle of Skye; JICB Cube Gallery, Jarnac, France; JICB Cube Gallery, Cairo, Egypt; JICB Cube Gallery, Ichinomiya, Japan; JICB Cube Gallery, Bovlingberg, Denmark
2006 Art Statements, Art Basel 36, Basel
2004 The Sound and the Screen, Schnittraum, Cologne
The Opaque, doggerfisher, Edinburgh
The Problem in Seven Parts, Counter, London
2001 Like A Circle in a Spiral, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016 The Secret Life of Images, Kunstverein Freiburg, Germany
Riddle of the Burial Ground
, Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp
for Every Purpose,
P!, New York
Prix Canson 2016, Drawing Center, New York
Incorporated!, Les Ateliers de Rennes, Biennale d’Art Contemporain, France
Whatever moves between us also moves the world in general, Murray Guy, New York
2015 The Registry of Promise: The Promise of Literature, Soothsaying and Speaking in Tongues, De Vleeshal, Middelburg, Netherlands
The Parliament of Things, firstsite, Colchester, UK
Sculpture in the Close, Jesus College, Cambridge, UK
The Third Person, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City
Periodic Table, Compton Verney, Warwickshire, UK
2014 Sequence 5, Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York
Paolo Scheggi – Lucy Skaer, 
Cortesi Contemporay, Lugano, Switzerland
Someone Like Me
, Murray Guy, New York
Generation: 25 years Contemporary Art in Scotland,The Hunterian (Art Gallery), Glasgow, Scotland
2013 Art Under Attack – Histories of British Iconoclasm, Tate Britain, London
Suicide Narcissus, The Renaissance Society, Chicago
Tradition, Marres Centre for Contemporary Art, Maastricht, The Netherlands; Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, Austria
Catch As Catch Can, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia
Simone Subal Gallery, New York
9th Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Archeologica, FRAC Bretagne, Rennes, France
2012 Spies in the House of Art: Photography, Film and Video, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
A common feeling, gb agency, Paris
Reflexion und Einfühlung, KAI 10 | Raum für Kunst, Arthena Foundation, Düsseldorf
La Vie des Formes, Les Abattoirs — Musee d’Art Contemporain, Toulouse
A Common Feeling, gb agency, Paris
2011 Watercolour, Tate Britain, London
Three Stones in the City of Ladies (curated by Elisa Kay), Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Nottingham, UK
Color Pattern Yellow Danger, Milliken Gallery, Stockholm
Young Art from the Collection, Kunsthaus Zürich
Dwelling, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
2010 Intensif-Station, K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein Westfalen, Düsseldorf
Elles, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
Leopards In The Temple, Sculpture Center, New York
MOON STAR LOVE, Marcelle Alix, Paris
For the blind man in the dark room looking for the black cat that isn’t there, Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit
2009 Turner Prize 2009, Tate Britain, London
2008 When Things Cast No Shadow — 5th Berlin Biennial, Berlin
Concrete Shadows,
The Changing Room, Stirling. Scotland
Lucy Skaer and Gabriel Vormstein, Galeria Maisterra Valbuena, Madrid
2007 Scotland & Venice, 52nd Venice Biennale New Work
You and Me, Screening curated by Polly Staple, Whitechapel Gallery, London
Es (the above I), Catalyst Arts, Belfast
La femme de nulle parte: Anita Di Bianco, Sophie Macpherson and Rosalind Nashashibi, (curated by Lucy Skaer), doggerfisher, Edinburgh
2006 If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution, De Appel, Amsterdam
Editie # 2: Feminist Legacies And Potentials In Contemporary Art Practice, De Appel, Amsterdam
Momentum – Nordic Festival of Contemporary Art, Moss, Norway
Minor Characters (with Anita DiBianco), Elisabeth Kaufmann, Zurich
Art Statements, Art Basel 06, Basel
2005 The Music of the Future, Gasworks, London
Great Value (II), Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt
The British Art Show 6, Baltic, Gateshead, and touring
Platform for Art, London Underground
The world, abridged, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge
2004 Edge of the Real: a painting show, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
2003 Zenomap, Gagosian, London
Zenomap, Venice Biennale
Beck’s Futures, ICA, London and CCA, Glasgow
Isabella Brancolini Arte Contemporanea, Florence (with Hanneline Visnes)
Soft Sun Down, doggerfisher, Edinburgh
2002 A Hundred Flowers, A Hundred Birds, A Hundred Children In Late Spring and Early Summer, CCA, Glasgow
The Best Book About Pessimism I Ever Read, Braunschweig Kunstverein, Germany
1999 Swift, temporary public artwork, commissioned by Visual Arts Projects, Glasgow


2016 Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
2015 Audain Distinguished Artist-in-Residence, Emily Carr University of Art+Design, Vancouver
2013 Atelier Calder, Saché, France
2009–10 Location One International Fellowship, New York
2007–08 Laurenz House Foundation Residency, Basel, Switzerland
2005–06 Scottish Arts Council Studio Residency, New York
2002 NIFCA Network North Residency, Faroe Islands
Wellcome Trust Sci – Art Grant
2000–01 Scottish Arts Council Amsterdam Studio Residency

Books and Monographs

2013 Lucy Skaer. Exhibition Brochure. Portland: Yale Union, 2013. Text by Hope Svenson.
2009 Lucy Skaer: A Boat Used as a Vessel. Basel: Kunsthalle Basel, 2009. Texts by Lucy Skaer, Joanna Fiduccia, and Adam Szymczk
2008 Lucy Skaer. Ed. Fiona Bradley. Edinburgh: The Fruitmarket Gallery, 2008. Texts by Fiona Bradley, Lizzie Carey-Thomas, Stacy Boldrick, and Isla Leaver-Yap
2006 Lucy Skaer: Drawings 2004–2005. Edinburgh: doggerfisher, 2006

Selected Bibliography

2015 Exposito, Frank. “Lucy Skaer.”, 30 January 2015
Howe, David Everitt. “Lucy Skaer.” Art Review (April 2015), p. 120
“Lucy Skaer.” The New Yorker, 19 January 2015
McCoy, Ann. “Lucy Skaer.” The Brooklyn Rail (February 2015), p. 49
Smith, Roberta. Lucy Skaer: ‘Sticks & Stones’ and ‘Random House.” The New York Times, 19 February 2015
2014 Andrews, Max. “Lucy Skaer.” Frieze, no. 166 (March 2014)
Jones, Sarah Urwin. “The art of chance links Lucy Skaer to Surrealist icon.” The Herald Scotland, 7 June 2014
Mansfield, Susan. “Lucy Skaer: Leonora.”, 10 June 2014
2013 Boldrick, Stacey. “Lucy Skaer: Me.” In Art Under Attack – Histories of British Iconoclasm. Ed. Tabitha Barber and Stacey Boldrick. London: Tate Publishing, 2013, pp. 164–165
Mantle, Jac.  “Lucy Skaer: A Brief History of Time.”, 30 September 2013
Corwin, William. “Lucy Skaer.” Bomb, no. 124 (Summer 2013), pp. 141–143
Motley, Jonathan. “Skaer delves into geology of time.” The Oregonian, 9 August 2013
Provan, Alexander. “Ninth Bienal Do Mercosul.” Art in America, 2 December 2013
2012 Wilson, Michael. “Lucy Skaer: Murray Guy.” Artforum (May 2012), p. 310
2011 Skaer, Lucy. “500 words.” Artforum (October 2011)
2009 Carey-Thomas, Lizzie. “Lucy Skaer.” In Turner Prize 2009. London: Tate Publishing, 2009,  pp. 16–19
Fiduccia, Joanna. “Fathoming Gestures.” In Lucy Skaer: A Boat Used as a Vessel. Basel: Kunsthalle Basel, 2009, pp. 28–33
Gidley, Tom. “Reflections in a golden ‘I.’” Mousse Magazine (September 2009)
Januszczak, Waldemar. “Lucy Skaer heads Turner prize shortlist.” The Sunday Times, 11 October 2009
Sharp, Chris. “Lucy Skaer: Kunsthalle Basel.” Art in America (September 2009), p. 159
Skaer, Lucy. Excerpt from “Transcendence of the Image.” In Lucy Skaer: A Boat Used as a Vessel. Basel: Kunsthalle Basel, 2009, p. 34
Szymczk, Adam. “Pieces and Parts.” In Lucy Skaer: A Boat Used as a Vessel. Basel: Kunsthalle Basel, 2009, pp. 3–6
2008 Geldard, Rebecca. “Lucy Skaer: The Siege.” Art Review (June 2008), p. 146
Scotland & Venice. Ed. Fiona Bradley. Scottish Arts Council, British Council, National Galleries of Scotland
Skaer, Lucy. “The Transcendence of the Image.” Tate, etc. no. 14 (Autumn 2008)
2007 Breaking Step / U raskoraku. Ed. Caroline Douglas. British Council, 2007
Gronlund, Melissa. “Mining for gold.” Frieze Magazine, no. 111 (November/December 2007)
Knoll, Valerie. “Lucy Skaer & Anita Di Bianco.” Artforum (February 1007)
Leaver-Yap, Isla. “Drawing Close.” MAP Magazine (Summer 2007)
You Have Not Been Honest: Contemporary Film and Video from the UK. Ed. Colin Ledwith and Polly Staple. London: British Council, 2007
2006 Gronlund, Melissa. “Momentum 2006.” Frieze Magazine, no. 103 (November/December 2006)
Try Again. Fail Again. Fail Better. Ed. Anette Kierulf and Mark Sladen. Moss, Norway: Momentum, 2006
2005 Jeffrey, Moira. “Five go to Gateshead.” The Herald, 23 September 2005
Populism. Ed. Lars Bang Larsen, Cristina Ricupero, and Nicolaus Schafhausen Lukas & Sternberg, 2005
“Portfolio: Contemporary Drawing.” Art + Auction (November 2005)
The Triumph of Painting. London: Saatchi Gallery, 2005
Vitamin D. Ed. Emma Dexter. London: Phaidon, 2005
2004 Art4, published by Channel 4
Falconer, Morgan. “The Age of Oil.” The List, Edinburgh, Festival Guide Supplement 2004
Herbert, Martin. “Lucy Skaer: The Problem in Seven Parts” Artforum (Summer 2004), p. 263
Williams, Gilda. “Lucy Skaer: Blood and Sand.” Art Monthly, no. 279 (September 2004)
2002 “All in the Execution.” The Scotsman, April 2002
Bang Larsen, Lars. “Henry VIII’s Wives.” Artforum (September 2002), p. 215
Henry VIII’s Wives. We March Under the Banner of Visual Art. Glasgow: Tramway publications, 2002
Lowndes, Sarah. “Henry VIII’s Wives.” Frieze Magazine, no. 69 (September 2002)
“Village people dig up the past.” The Herald, 19 April 2002
2001 “Tangled Wives We Waves.” Scotland on Sunday, 4 March 2001
1999 Beagles, John. “Numpties, rotten molars, and shiny incisors.” Everything Magazine 1999
Skaer, Lucy. “If you go first and I remain.” Afterimage 27, no. 3 (November 1999), p. 6
Swift: Three Artists’ Projects in the City. Ed. Lucy Byatt. Glasgow: Visual Art Project, 1999