Visual art

Open Studios North Fife this weekend

Painter Sharon Black, Ladybank and furniture designer Mark McCance, Kinloch are just two of the artists opening the doors of their studios to the public for the Open Studios North Fife weekend from Saturday 7 May to Monday 9 May.  The weekend is an opportunity to see the interesting spaces in which artists work, to hear more about their methods and sources of inspiration, buy or commission something for your

Olga Krasanova puts the wind up Dunfermline’s architecture

Here is a fascinating opportunity to look at a work in progress by one the most talented artists working in Dunfermline. Olga Krasanova is originally from Siberia but has become fascinated by the ample heritage and varied architecture of her new hometown and is inspired in particular by the actual wall and brick patterns of Dunfermline. The Central St Martins graduate says, ‘It might strike as an odd idea but

Anna Jensen: psychological landscapes that are both funny and sad

We are delighted to count among our readers the brilliant American artist Anna Jensen, whose vivid and caustic work you can see here. Anna says, ‘My paintings are psychological landscapes and emotionally complex narratives. I combine references to art history, pop culture, natural science and personal chronicles to represent the conflicts of life.’ Anna is originally from Atlanta Georgia but now lives in Brooklyn, New York. You can find out

Witty Comic Con art shows Dunfermline full of comic book heroes

To celebrate Dunfermline’s first, and now sold out, Comic Con this weekend, here a fantastic series of very witty images by local comic book artist Colin Maxwell. Colin teaches design at Fife College and writes comic books in his spare time. His first book, King Robert the Bruce and the Wars of Independence, was published in 2014 and this weekend he launches Guardians of Scotland which he both wrote and illustrated.

Fire Station Creative: Video exhibition inspired by the Scottish landscape

Fire Station Creative, Dunfermline launches their next exhibition this Saturday, 20 February, which will showcase the work of two artists, Su Grierson and Kyra Clegg from Methven, Perthshire and Newburgh, Fife respectively. ‘Land of the Living’ is the title of their collaborative project in which they represent social aspects of the Scottish landscape with video, images and sound.  In this exhibition they show 4 works, one of which is a prize-winning video installation

The ‘Mad Man’ of 50s New York: Illustrator, McCauley ‘Mac’ Conner

McCauley ‘Mac’ Conner, described as the real Mad Man of 1950s Manhattan, now 101 years old and still lives in his Fifth Avenue apartment. He moved to Manhattan in 1950 and became a successful illustrator working on the major advertising campaigns of the day. Indeed he was so successful that he set up a creative agency representing illustrators. The New York Times observed: ‘Mr Conner and other commercial artists helped

Stewart Soutar at Fire Station Creative

An exhibition of Stewart Soutar’s work, Return to Netherskoor opens this Friday at Fire Station Creative and sees the 63 year old artist revisit an imaginary island he created some time ago. Soutar is based in West Kilbride but says his childhood in Arbroath had a major impact on him, inspiring him to paint the sea, land and changing weather conditions. The exhibition runs until 14 February.

Brilli’s brilliant paintings of retro objects

These beautiful paintings, described by artist, Jessica Brilli as combining ‘American realism with Appropriation Art’, are inspired by her finds at flea markets and in antique shops. Casting a contemporary eye on technologies from the 1950s, 60s and 70s, she says: ‘I always enjoy evoking the beauty in everyday scenes and objects’. Equally appealing are the swimming pool scenes at the end which were inspired by old photographic slides found at

Local Christmas Shopping Guide #2: art and craft

Unless you’re buying for Alex Salmond, it’s too late to commission a full size portrait of your loved one for this Christmas but all of the artists and makers featured here offer commissions and vouchers for their work which would make an exciting start to 2016 for anyone lucky enough to receive one. Pictured above is a typically vivid piece by celebrated illustrator Jill Calder. Calder is based in Cellardyke

‘Cemetery’ by Alan Grieve at Workspace

Highly recommended this weekend is the inventive and brilliant Cemetery, an exhibition about Dunfermline artist Alan Grieve’s daily wanderings in a local graveyard: ‘the people I met and spoke to, the things I saw and where my curiosity took me’. Like most Alan Grieve events, Cemetery is somewhere between a performance and an art-form, based on social interaction and trust and featuring stories and objects which help to create darkly funny,