Currie studied painting at the Glasgow School of Art between 1978-83. He used industrial Glasgow as the subject of his early work, with paintings that were linear in style and modelled in block-like forms. In the early 1990s, Currie was much affected by political and humanitarian events in Eastern Europe. He began to depict decaying and damaged bodies, as a response to what he ...felt was the sickness of contemporary society.
Currie's images have moved from a philosophical outlook which had strong positive dimensions to one characterised by his own term "rational despair". He has a fatalistic view about human nature; such dark thoughts seem to find their most effective means of expression through the black ink on the etched plate. Currie's art reflects "The Dark Times" the present world is living through - his titles alone give warning of this.