Born in 1959, Stuart Duffin RSA studied Fine Art Printmaking at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen (1978-1982) and is an Etching Master working in etching, mezzotint, digital printmaking and oil painting.


In 1996 Duffin was invited to work at the Jerusalem Print Workshop for a month as part of an international artists exchange with Glasgow Print Studio. Speaking about this time in the city, Duffin has said: 'Although Jerusalem is the closest that we can get to heaven of our own accord, nowhere more than in the Holy City did I experience the loss of paradise, or our separation from the Divine in a more painfully obvious way. There are two key words that govern my attitudes to, and actions within the Middle East whether at home in Scotland or working in Jerusalem. Two words: ‘compassion’ and ‘coexistence’.’


In 2016 Duffin received a RSA Gillies Bequest Award to finance an artist’s residency at the Jerusalem Print Workshop. His 2020 exhibition Peace Starts with a Smile comprised etching, mezzotint, digital printmaking collage, oils and an audio visual work, was largely the result of that residency.


Duffin is now based between his home studio in the North East of Scotland, Glasgow Print Studio (as the etching master) and the Jerusalem Print Workshop.