Born in South India into a colonial family, George Donald’s early memories are of the colours and rhythms of the Far East.
He studied at Edinburgh College of Art and was awarded a travelling scholarship to India, Afghanistan and Nepal.
Later, at Hornsey College of Art in London (then, in the late 60’s, at the forefront of student-led changes in visual education) he studied art education. He taught for many years at Edinburgh College of Art, and co-founded the Centre for Continuing Studies.
In mid-career he returned to the University of Edinburgh to study philosophy and education, having travelled widely as an art lecturer with the British Council in India and Korea, and visiting artist/tutor in France, Spain, Japan, China, UAE and USA.
He is currently adjunct professor in the Art Department, University of Central Florida. He is a Member of the RSA and currently Keeper; and of the RSW. He is Honorary Professor at the Maktoum Institute, Dundee.
George Donald’s work is represented in Private and Public Collections and Public Galleries in the UK and abroad, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the City Arts Centre, Edinburgh; Aberdeen Art Gallery; Leeds Education Authority; Edinburgh and Glasgow Universities; art in State Collection, UCF.
His commissions range from a painting of H.M.Queen to a hospital mural.