Jock McFadyen was born in 1950 in Paisley, Scotland. He studied at Chelsea School of Art from 1973 to 1977, then teaching part-time at the Slade School of Fine Art. McFadyen was Artist-in-residence at the National Gallery in 1981 and lives in London. His painting celebrates the decay and abuse of the urban environment, the grime and graffiti in chorus with the painted surface of his grand pictures. Selected solo exhibitions include the National Gallery, London, 1982; The Imperial War Museum, London, 1991; Galleri 27, Oslo, Norway, 1996; The Pier Arts Centre, Orkney, Scotland, 1999. He currently ives and works in London.