Charlotte Riordan

Associate Director

Fine Paintings & Sculpture

Scottish Art


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The undeniable magic of the artist's studio

My role at Lyon & Turnbull has enabled me to handle work by a wide variety of artists across a broad period of history, from the 16th century to the present day and everything in between. Though I love working with old, remarkable and often historically valuable artworks, I also greatly enjoy strengthening the company’s relationships with living artists.

Recently we had the privilege of visiting Glasgow-based artist Philip Reeve’s studio and selecting a number of paintings and prints for our Contemporary & Post-War Art auction, the proceeds of which went towards a proposed (and overdue!) monograph addressing the artist’s career. Reeves was wonderful to chat to and I loved the unique insight provided by exploration of his studio. Studios harbour an undeniable magic, being the space where an artist’s inspiration gets channelled into something tangible.

Reeves has been practising art in Glasgow for decades and his studio space had built up a wonderful patina of paint and detritus from over the years. A highly respected artist and an extremely progressive printmaker, he was the Head of Printmaking at the Glasgow School of Art and instrumental in establishing the print studios in Glasgow and Edinburgh which continue to go from strength to strength. Despite this, Reeves is often regarded by critics as having been somewhat un-sung thus far. Though I’ve no doubt the passage of time will naturally remedy this, it was immensely satisfying to help raise his profile at auction and bring such fantastic examples of his work to the attention of our clients – both pre-existing fans of Reeves’ work and the newly initiated. The sale was a success and brings his family and representatives a step closer to the publication of his monograph, which I for one am greatly anticipating.


Charlotte Riordan is the Head of Sale for Modern British & Contemporary Art and a specialist in Scottish art, including the work of the Colourists, as well as British and European paintings.

A History of Art graduate from the University of Glasgow, Charlotte specialised in inter-war European art and the British public art movement of the 1970s.

Charlotte began her career at Bourne Fine Art in Edinburgh, a part of the Fine Art Society, where over several years she gained an in depth knowledge of Scottish art and continued to develop a passion for contemporary art.

Having made the move to Lyon & Turnbull in 2012, Charlotte is now an Associate Director and Head of Sale for Modern British & Contemporary Art. She is also responsible for research and academic catalogue entries.

She regularly presents art historical talks and lectures and recently took to the auctioneer’s rostrum for the first time.  When time allows, Charlotte helps orchestrate charity auctions which often feature in the Lyon & Turnbull calendar.

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