Visual art

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,

Fire Station Creative: First open studios weekend a big success

Artists at the Fire Station Creative in Dunfermline, Fife opened their studios to the public and welcomed over 1,000 visitors to the venue over the weekend, 27 November-29 November.  The organisers clearly wanted to create a sense of occasion to welcome the general public. On the first opening night, Friday 27 November, live music played while canapes were served by the cafe. Gin and vodka tastings were sponsored by Arbikie,

PRINT 15 at Fire Station Creative

Over forty artworks make up PRINT 15, an exhibition of carefully  handmade, original  prints on show and for sale in Dunfermline from today 27 November. The work showcases a variety of methods including etching, linocuts and screen printing as well as hand-finishing techniques such as gold leaf and collage.  All of the pieces have been printed by the artists themselves taking days, if not weeks, to produce. Artist  and  Chair 

Fife artist wins Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year!

Massive congratulations to Dunfermline High School’s Head of Art Nerine McIntyre who last night was crowned Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year. Nerine, from Dysart, is a gradutate of Edinburgh College of Art and was the standout talent throughout the series. She receives as her prize a £10ooo commission which will be added to the National Trust’s permanent art collection. Well done Nerine!