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Scottish Art Gallery Showcasing Scottish Fine Art and Paintings

Covering over 200 years of the best in Scottish fine art, watercolour and oil paintings, drawings and prints, Fidra Fine Art is based in North Berwick, East Lothian and currently displays work from a range of leading Traditional, Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary Scottish artists. Current artists include Matthew Draper, Simon Laurie, Davy Brown, John Bellany, George Birrell, Neil Macdonald, Alice McMurrough, Lesley Banks, Sir Robin Philipson and many more.

All of our art is sourced from practising artists, prestigious art dealers and auctions across Scotland and the UK. Each piece is carefully chosen based on its condition, the artist’s reputation within the art world and its provenance.

At Fidra Fine Art, we have access to the best restorers and framers to guarantee that our customers get the painting they deserve. Our main aim is to offer our customers a varied selection of good quality Scottish fine art, many pieces with an East Lothian interest.

Our list of artists includes work by Patrick William Adam, Henry Wright Kerr, George Blackie Sticks, William Miller Frazer, William Walls and John Campbell Mitchell to name a few. Our list of more contemporary artists consists of John Houston, Andy Heald, Joseph Urie, Alan Connell, Jayne Stokes and Peter Howson.

We ensure the gallery is well stocked with a varied collection and are continually reviewing and adding new pieces. Our typical opening hours are from 12:00 to 17:00 every weekend, however we are more than happy to schedule openings during the week by appointment or if you are passing, just drop in.

Current Exhibition

It's All About Love
June was quite specific about the title for this exhibition - “It’s all about Love” and I have to agree it is entirely appropriate. June’s love of art has always been with her. From the early days at Glasgow College of Art where her skill as a draughts-woman became clear, to her studies at Edinburgh College of Art where in 1985 she really found her artistic voice through printmaking and etching in particular.

Her love of etching was immediate and enduring. The process of etching where the artist cannot see clearly what is unravelling before them until the drawing is complete, was the perfect medium to allow June’s love of drawing to unite with what was scrabbling about in her imagination. The etching process was perfect. It encouraged June to draw without inhibition and in a more spontaneous and subconscious way.

Her work is almost entirely figurative, loaded with narrative surrounding the human condition and the pursuit of love in its many forms. Enriched with cultural influences from foreign travel, June’s magical and mysterious figures, often adorned with jewels, charms, and intriguing tattoos, encourage the viewer to pause and reflect upon the meaning to each piece.

Self-portraits reflecting the artist’s innermost thoughts? Perhaps, or are they portraits of the viewer, a reflection of us all? Our own dreams, desires, anxieties, hopes and wishes... you decide. The current show features a beguiling selection of Etchings, Lithographs, Drawings, Pastels and Watercolours from the past 30 or so years.

“It’s all about Love” opens with a Preview on Friday 16 September from 6-8pm and continues until Sunday 16 October.

Featured Artist

June Carey RSW RGI
June Carey began her Art Education in the 1960s at Glasgow School of Art. In 1982 she became a member of Edinburgh Printmakers and began a lifelong love affair with printmaking. Discovering etching brought about a turning-point in her work and career. The process of making an etching set her imagination free. Suddenly she had found her subject, and has been exhibiting her work widely throughout Britain and abroad since.

Her awards include The Scottish Arts Council 1998, McGrigor Donald Trust 1989, European City of Culture Woman 2000 (First Prize) 1990, Dundee District Council Purchase Prize 1991, British Council Assistance Grant 1992, The Hope Scott Trust Award 1993, Scottish Arts Club Award 1993, McDonald Orr Ltd 1993, Anne Redpath Award 1996, BP Aberdeen Assistance Grant 2002, Connell & Connell Sponsorship and in 2004, a Research Grant from the Scottish Arts Council, to visit India.

June Carey's work can be found in the collections of Lady Thyne; Peter Gabriel, BBC Television, The Royal Bank of Scotland, The Scottish Arts Council, Oxford University, Teachers Whisky, Highland Region, Edwins Gallery Jakarta, Barclay Lennie Fine Art Ltd, MacTaggart & Mickel Ltd. Eastern General Hospital, McDonald Orr Ltd, Dundee District Council, Arts in Fife and Private Collectors at home and Abroad.

She has had ten solo exhibitions to date and has been invited to show her work in more than fifty prestigious group exhibitions at home and abroad. Co-publications of her prints include Glasgow Print Studio and Edinburgh Printmakers. Invitations include; Lecturing on her work in the UK, Iceland and Jakarta for many years, selecting works for major Scottish Exhibitions; Scottish Arts Council selected visiting artist for schools in Scotland. She has been elected to serve on the councils for most of the major Scottish Societies since 1989.