Born in Glasgow in 1961, Colvin has exhibited his work nationally and internationally for over thirty years since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1985. He was a winner of one of the first Scottish Arts Council Creative Scotland Awards from which he created the acclaimed exhibition for the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Ossian, Fragments of Ancient Poetry, in 2001. In the same year he was awarded an OBE and he is Professor of Fine Art Photography and Associate Dean at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee. His works have been widely exhibited in venues as diverse as Orkney, Los Angeles and Ecuador, and are represented in numerous collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Museum of Fine Art, Houston; The Tate Gallery, London; and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.