Awards and Press


2022        3 works Longlisted for Scottish Portrait Award, Edinburgh, Scotland

2022        Finalist for the Jackson's Painting Prize 2022, London, England

2022        Longlisted for Holly Bush Painting Prize 2022, London, England

2021         Selected for the Paisley Art Institute Drawing Competition, Paisley, Scotland

2021         3 works Longlisted for Scottish Portrait Award, Edinburgh, Scotland

2010        Finalist for UJADF (UK Japan ADF award), London, England

2009       Vermont Studio Center, Artist in Residence with Partial Fellowship Award, Johnson, USA

2008       Dewar Arts Award

2007        Hope Scott Trust Award

2007        Short listed for the RSA Alastair Salvesen Travel Scholarship, Edinburgh, Scotland

2003       Short listed for the Sefton Open Art prize, The Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport, England

2002       The James Torrance Memorial Award, awarded from the RGI, The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts

2001        The Cross Trust fund, a travel and material bursary. Spent a month sketching in Beijing, China, and Tokyo, Japan

1999         The Virtuosi Society, a travel bursary to visit museums and galleries in the UK


“Exploring the luminous, emotive potentiality of colour, tone, texture, Elaine Woo’s paintings, hung in the dilapidated Emerged space on Bell Street, are intense, focused mediations on portraiture. Lonely, contemplative figures, sipping a drink or gazing out of the painting, look dissolute, solitary, against backdrops of vibrantly connotative colour, sometimes echoing the grim, existential black of a Francis Bacon portrait. One of the figures, lit by an ethereal light that gives one side of his face a ghostly pallor, sits lonely with a glass, like an Edward Hopper painting, whilst in another the same figure, seemingly squeezed into the canvas, is backed by a wooden yellow which makes it seem as if he’s inside a coffin. Unafraid of grim or potentially disturbing work, Woo’s paintings are psychologically penetrating and almost voyeuristic in their glimpses of interior worlds or evocative in mood. Dark, sexual, beautiful and sad, her figures and the spaces they inhabit are fascinatingly pensive.”

Jasper Hamil, Skinny Magazine, a review on ‘Portraits’ at Emerged space, 2006

  •  'Linlithgow Artist Shortlisted for Prize' by Kevin Quinn, Edinburgh Evening News, Tuesday 5th April, 2022

  • 'Little Tales - Personal and Reflective' with an introduction by Alexander Moffat, ArtNorth Magazine, Double Issue (6-7), 2020

  • Skinny Magazine, ‘20 years of the Gallowgate Studio’ preview with image of ‘Late Afternoon’, May 2006

  • Scotsman, 'Young female Scottish exhibition’ in Westminster, London, 23rd November 2004

  • Scotsman and The Herald Newspaper, awards at Standard Life investments, 27th May 2004

  • Galleries Magazine, January 2004 edition, UK, January 2004