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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.

Future Exhibition

George Birrell & Davy Brown
Two old friends are next up at Fidra Fine Art. George Birrell and Davy Brown met while studying at Glasgow School of Art in the late 60’s, early 70’s and have remained firm friends ever since.

Both George and Davy follow a great tradition of Scottish colourist painters. They talk avidly and fondly of the training they received at Glasgow School of Art. Tutors such as the wonderful painters; Alexander Goudie, David Donaldson, Jimmy Robertson and William Crosbie, who were themselves seduced by the sumptuous pigments and spontaneity of the work by the Scottish Colourists before them, greatly influenced not only George and Davy, but a whole generation of Scottish artists working today.

However, major influences for both artists came before art college. For George, it was his art teacher at school, William Birnie who provided early inspiration. Keen observation of buildings, landscapes and the changing light of the seasons typified William Birnie’s work and it is surely no coincidence that these are strong features found in George’s paintings.

For Davy, early and enduring influence came from the two great Scottish artists, Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde. His passion for their work has fuelled his own painting career and echoes of their work can be seen in his latest collection of still life and landscape pieces. Following a health scare in 2013, a slight change can be seen in his work – still strong colour with a familiar texture but a subtle change in his palette has introduced a fresh, airy quality to his work.

Both artists have produced new work for this show. Davy has returned to the Galloway harbours and landscape near his home in Newton Stewart for inspiration. Also included and with a nod to MacBryde, are a number of still life pieces which feature the artist’s paraphernalia, bathed in light from around his studio.

George has included new pieces inspired by the architecture and atmosphere of the East Coast fishing villages and castles he is so well known for, but as always, he has explored new colour melodies to delight his collectors.

It’s great to welcome back two Scottish artists working at the height of their powers.

George Birrell & Davy Brown exhibition opens 29 October and continues until 4 December with a Preview on Friday 28 October 6-8pm.