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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 practicing 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

Jock MacInnes RGI
There can’t be many more appropriate artists for a summer solo show in North Berwick than Jock MacInnes.

Jock graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1966 returning there to teach until 1999. During his teaching career he still managed to find time to successfully exhibit his own work, winning numerous prizes and awards including election to the RGI in 1988. By 1999 he had built up such a following that he left teaching to concentrate full time on his own work.

A predominant sense of calm and summer warmth pervades Jock’s work. Regular trips to the Mediterranean and Cornwall, areas he clearly loves, have provided a wealth of subject matter. From the fishing boats and yachts in the harbours of Collioure and St Ives to the pastis, coffee pots and croissants in the cafes of Argeles-sur-Mer, Jock's work is infused with an atmosphere that invokes happy memories of holidays gone by and fuels the anticipation for holidays to come. It's not too difficult to make the jump from the Mediterranean or St Ives to the cafes, bars, beaches and harbour at North, really.

Inspired by European Masters such as Braque, Matisse and Morandi as well as some of the great, Modern British, St Ive’s artists such as Ben Nicholson, William Scott and Alfred Wallis, Jock has created his own instantly identifiable style. The subject matter is often marine based but it is the carefully prepared gessoed boards and canvasses that he manipulates through a series of scraping and mark-making that helps create the unique atmosphere and mood.

This show will feature around 50 new and recent pieces and is sure to delight his collectors as well as those new to his work.

The show opens with a Preview on Friday 24 June from 6-8pm and continues until Sunday 31 July.
6 August to 11 September

Preview Friday 5 August 6-8pm

Special opening times for Fringe by the Sea - 12-5pm from 6-14 Augus

The volcanic plug that is Bass Rock, sits a few miles off the coast at North Berwick. Its presence to people who live in East Lothian has provided a timeless, reassuring permanence. Something to gaze and marvel at throughout the changing seasons, something to come home to, a familiar friend.

To artists it has proved an irresistible muse. It will have been drawn in the sand, scratched on rock faces and chalked on pavements for centuries. Many of the great Scottish artists have been seduced by its charm and mystery.

Alexander Nasmyth’s famous Romantic interpretation of Tantallon Castle and Bass Rock painted circa 1816 sits proudly in the National Galleries of Scotland collection, a dramatic composition of the castle and the rock against the elements.

Soon after, in 1818, JMW Turner visited Edinburgh and was drawn to Bass Rock producing a series of sketches and watercolours that were to be used in Walter Scott’s “The Provincial Antiquities and Picturesque Scenery of Scotland”.

Later, artists such as Samuel Bough, William McTaggart, his grandson William MacTaggart, Alexander Fraser, Patrick William Adam, William Miller Frazer, John Campbell Mitchell, John Blair and William Gillies all found the lure of the rock irresistible.

More recently, John Houston’s countless expressive studies of Bass Rock have made the rock almost emblematic of his work. Seen from various angles with the changing backdrop of weather and light, Bass Rock was the perfect focus for Houston to express his art. Similarly, Bass Rock appears frequently in the work of perhaps East Lothian’s most famous artist, John Bellany.

Working today, Matthew Draper’s fascination with Bass Rock has produced arguably the most dramatic studies of all. Equal in atmosphere and majesty to the landscapes of the great Scottish Romantic artists such as Alexander Nasmyth and Horatio McCulloch, Matthew’s versions are both contemporary and timeless.

The current show draws both from the past as well as from a host of successful contemporary Scottish artists working today. A wide range of styles and medium will guarantee a varied and interesting exhibition.

The current line-up includes…

Matthew Draper, Simon Laurie, George Birrell, Davy Brown, Neil Macdonald, Alice McMurrough, Henry Kondracki, Jock MacInnes, June Carey, Alan Connell, Patti Yuill, Claire Beattie, Dominique Cameron, Joseph Urie, Mark Bannerman, Angela Repping, Jayne Stokes, Georgina Bown, Fee Dickson, Rachel Marshall, Andy Heald, Arran Ross, Neal Greig, Suzanne Kirk, Carmen Ambrozevich, Gordon M Scott, John Boak, Allan Robertson, Michel Rulliere as well as pieces by John Bellany, Frank White, George Blackie Sticks, William Miller Frazer and others.