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Scottish Art Gallery Showcasing Scottish Fine Art and Paintings


Based from our home in North Berwick, Fidra Fine Art specialises in sourcing traditional and contemporary Scottish painting from the past 200 years.

Presented in a drawing room setting, currently we have in stock pieces by John Houston, Henry Wright Kerr, James McBey, Patrick William Adam, John Blair, John Bellany through to Matthew Draper, Sandy Murphy, Michael Durning, George Birrell, Davy Brown, Lesley Banks, Alan Connell, Simon Laurie, Alice McMurrough, Neil Macdonald Joseph Urie, Arran Ross, Jayne Stokes, Angela Repping and many more. Oils, watercolours, original prints and drawings ensure that we offer something for every taste.

We alternate our exhibitions every 5 weeks or so - solo shows by great quality contemporary artists followed by mixed shows with an eclectic selection of well known names from the past alongside pieces from contemporary artists working today.

The gallery is based in the front two rooms of our house but as soon as you walk in it very much feels like an art gallery but with the added benefit of a familiar domestic setting.

We are open every weekend from 12-5pm and we are more than happy to show you around outside those hours but ask that you call first just to ensure that we are here when you arrive…or just drop in.

We hope to see you soon.
Our next show will open on Friday 17th from 6-8pm with a Preview featuring the work of three of the most imaginative artists working in Scotland today - Joseph Davie, Mark Bannerman & Robert Powell.

I first came across Joe Davie's work in the Fleming Collection. It was a strange figurative piece titled "Forest Encounter" which immediately caught my attention. The looming figure was in outline with the interior filled with a colourful narrative of smaller figures toiling in a world of Joe's invention. It was quite different to anything I had seen and remains quite unique. His work in this show is similarly beguiling. Themes ranging from faith, salvation, the tyranny of tv and media, chaos and order, maths and electricity, there is plenty to keep the inquisitive occupied.

Similarly, the strange world of Mark Bannerman's art will keep the curious viewer both charmed and intrigued. I've known Mark since art college days and have witnessed his early enchanting painting being set aside when he moved from traditional media to the digital world. It took time to learn the new technology and grow with its developments but Mark has harnessed the limitless digital possibilities and has now found the medium which perfectly captures his imaginative musings. Intriguing, often beautiful, usually cheeky, Mark's work is always captivating.

Robert Powell's work is extraordinary. Beautiful, meticulous etching teeming with life and humour. Somewhere between the dystopia of Hieronymous Bosch and the more humorous world of Where's Wally, Robert weaves an intellectual narrative which explores the history of the world through art and science which ultimately encourages us to draw parallels with society today. His work has rightly won him numerous awards and he has already had several international exhibitions.

It's really great to have all three artists here in North Berwick.

As I mentioned, the show kicks off with a Preview on Friday 17th March from 6-8pm and continues until 17th April. It's sure to be an intriguing exhibition - I hope you can make it along.

Featured Artist


Joseph Davie
Born Glasgow 1965
1983-87 BA (Hons) Degree Fine Art, Glasgow School of Art.
1987-95 Lighthouse Studio, Glasgow.
1994-95 PGCE, Jordanhill Faculty, Glasgow.
1995-14 Teacher of Art and Design/ APT Buckhaven High Scool.
2016 Teacher of Art and Design Levenmouth Academy

AWARDS

1987 The Carnegie Travelling Scholarship.
1990 The Guthrie Painting Award, RSA Edinburgh.
1990 The Glasgow-Berlin Book Project, Glasgow Print Studio.
1991 Travel Grant, The British Council.
1991 Project Award, The Scottish Arts Council.
1991 The Betty Davies Award, Society of Artists and Artist Craftsmen.
1992 The David Cargill Award, Royal Glasgow Institute.
1993 Special Commendation, Morisson Scottish Portrait Award.
1997 The Arthur Anderson Prize, Royal Glasgow Institute.
1997 The May Marshall Brown Award, RSW, Edinburgh.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

1991 A Journal of the Blackout, Glasgow Print Studio.
1991 Solo Show, Birganart, Toronto.
1991 Blackout, Edinburgh Print Workshop.
1991 Blackout, Highland Pritmakers.
1993 An Inadequate Conclusion, Elektra Fine Art, Toronto.
1993 Salt and Light, Hunt-Jennings Gallery, London.
1993 Elektra Fine Art, Spadina, Toronto.
1998 A Passionate Hobby, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London.
2008 “mouth-piece”, Castle Gallery, Inverness.
2013-16 Solo Shows, Pillars of Hercules, Fife.
2015 ‘Retrospective’ Maspie House Gallery, Falkland

TWO MAN EXHIBITIONS

1992 Birganart, Toronto.
1994 East Kilbride Arts Centre

ART FAIRS

1989 L.A. Art Fair.
1989-91 Bath.
1990 Basle.
Nurnberg ‘90.
1989-92 Olympia, London.
1989-94 Art ‘89/’94, Islington, London.
1998 Artfair ‘98, Business Design Centre.
1998 The Contemporary Print Fair, Barbican, London.
2009-10 Glasgow Art Fair.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS include….

1988 The Society of Scottish Artists, Edinburgh.
1990 Edinburgh Salutes Glasgow, The Scottish Gallery.
The Fine Art Society, Edinburgh.
Critics’ Choice, Bohun Gallery, Oxfordshire.
Drawing Exhibition, The Thumb Gallery, London.
Scottish Printmakers, Mary Ryan Gallery, New York.
1990,97-8 RSA, Edinburgh.
1988,91 The Royal Glasgow Institute.
1991 Vier Plus Four, Glasgow-Berlin Book Project, G.P.S.
The Society of Artists and Artists Craftsmen, RSA, Edinburgh.
Danger Artists at Work. Scottish Arts Council’s Travelling Gallery.
1992 Houldsworth Fine Art, The Mall Galleries, London.
Critics’ Choice, Cooling Gallery, Cork St, London.
Scottish Artists, Elektra Fine Art, Toronto.
The 20th Ljubljana Print Bienniale, Slovenia.
The Royal Academy of Arts 225th Summer Exhibition, London.
The Singer and Friedlander/Sunday Times Watercolour Show.
1995-00 The Royal Glasgow Institute Annual Exhibitions.
1996-7 RSW, Edinburgh.
1997 BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London, Ulster
Museum, Aberdeen Museum.
1998 RSA Members Exhibition, invited artist.
2000 Faith in the Frame, Belfast.
2005 RGI
Reacquainted, Kelly Gallery, Glasgow. (Simon Laurie, Dorothy Stirling)
RSA
2006 - 10 Castle Gallery, Inverness
Mansfield Park Gallery, Glasgow.
Temple Gallery, Aberfeldy.
Open Eye, Edinburgh.
2011 Lunardi Gallery, Ceres.
Unique and Original Glasgow Print Studio
2012-13 RGI
2012 “Surfaces for Thought”, 3 artists, Rothes Halls
2016 “18 Swimmers”, Mansfieldpark Gallery, Glasgow
2016 Swimmers, Scottish Animals, Castle Gallery, Inverness.

COLLECTIONS

B.B.C., Glasgow and Edinburgh.
City Arts Centre, Edinburgh.
Springburn Museum, Glasgow.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow.
The Hunterian Museum, Glasgow Museum.
The McLean Art Gallery and Museum, Greenock.
The Dick Institute, Kilmarnock.
St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto.
Bon Secours Hospital, Glasgow.
St. John’s Hospital, Livingston.
Glasgow Education Department.
East Kilbride Development Corporation.
Historic Scotland, Stirling Castle.
Glasgow Museum of Modern Art.
The Smith Institute, Stirling.
Flemings Bank.
Linn Records.
Victoria and Albert Museum.

SELECTED COMMISSIONS 1990-2016

10 Springburn Images, Springburn Museum, Glasgow.
Glasgow 1990 Year of Culture Poster. Widespread.
Woven Tapestry/Banner, Keeping Glasgow in Stitches Project
Tiled Mural, East Kilbride Development Corporation.
Poster for the Dick Institute, Kilmarnock.
Stirling Castle Tapestries, Stirling Castle.
Cafe, Departure Lounge Mural, Glasgow Airport.
‘Wet,Wet,Wet’, Album Booklet.
Stirling Castle Tapestry Commission.
12 Stirling Street Banners.
Stirling Tolbooth Banners.
‘St Mungo Bookshop’ logo, Glasgow.
‘Concerto Caledonia’ CD Covers: ‘Colin’s Kisses’,
Mungrel Stuff’,‘Fiddler Tam’ and ‘Lion’, Linn Records.
St Mungo Artwork, Private Commission.
‘Glasgow and the Commonwealth Games’ Series of Artworks, Private Commission
Scottish Wildlife, Private Commission
‘Tobias Hume’ and ‘Purcell’s Revenge’ CD covers, Delphian Records
Nahaniel Gow’s Dance Band, Concerto Caledonia, poster design.

CATALOGUES AND OTHER PUBLISHED WORK

1998 Lighthouse Promo Pack.
1991 Slate Magazine Cover, Sept. Ontario.
1991 Article and images in the Medical Journal.
1991 Vier Plus Four, Berlin Book, Glasgow Print Studio.
1991 A Journal of the Blackout. Exhibition catalogue.
1991 Danger Artists at Work.
1991 SAAC Catalogue.
1993 Alter-Ego. Glasgow Print Studio.
1993 West and Working Calendar.
1994 Southfields, Cover, Southfield Press, London.
1996 Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, Scala Books.
1997 RSW Catalogue.
1999 RGI Catalogue.
2000 Faith in the Frame Catalogue.
2003 A History of Scottish Art, Merrell.
2005 RGI Catalogue.
2009 Lallans Magazine front cover.

Artists Statement...

Themes, new and old, that occur, interweave and clash:-

salvation and lostness,
faith and the absence of,
misplaced faith-modern day golden calves,
light and darkness (spiritual/electrical),
mess, chaos and order,
the worship of or tyranny of tv, interior design,
identity,
childhood memories, usually scandalously idealised.
maths and electricity.

the cast:-

contemporary hapless heroes,
anachronistic pilgrims,
malevolent figures, (almost comic book)
confused or ambivalent figures,
underwater figures and astronauts,
a savior,
a prophet,
dweebs, dunderheads and dipsticks,
the sportsman, the swimmer,
clumsy potter,
boy who is mistaken for air/water/…
and the usual beautiful female lead for some scenes -a modern day Eve.

The plot and the losing thereof....
(a whiff of a narrative / half narratives):-


the meeting of two ideas/ people/ cultures...
broken narratives that raise questions,
bringers of light or darkness or both,
bringers of healing or disease or both,
some greater or unseen battle,
hiccups to faith,
people out of their elements,
preposterous propositions,
encounterings.

the costumes:-

conspicuous camouflage,
oceanic tribal garb,
medieval pilgrim,
swimming cap,
naked / nude,
native american stuff, tribal!
the runner outfit (how much more banal can you get than that?)
masked figures and numbered , nameless figures

the sets

modern interiors,
ambiguous spaces, (but hopefully pretty to look at)
simple land-scapes, (Scottish/Italian inspired)

the props:-

mirrors
free-standing lights,
churches and towers,
fire station towers
interior product,
tv
books
storm-lamps etc....

artistic influences:-

Innuit art, Giotto and everything in between.