Winter Exhibition

Winter Exhibition

11 November 2023 to 21 January 2024

Reinhard Behrens, George Birrell, Georgina Bown, Chris Brook, Colin Brown, Davy Brown, Dominique Cameron, Thomas Cameron, Alan Connell, Joseph Davie, Fee Dickson-Reid, Matthew Draper, Michael Durning, Ronnie Fulton, Jennifer Irvine, Simon Laurie, Sarah Lawson, Neil Macdonald, Sam MacDonald, Linda MacKinnon, Donald Manson, Rachel Marshall, Alison McWhirter, Paul Reid, Pascale Rentsch, Kelly Stewart, Jayne Stokes, Astrid Trügg, Jane Walker, Chris Watkins & Christopher Wood.

Please note our Winter opening hours for the duration of the Winter Exhibition – Open Wednesday to Saturday 11-4, Sunday 12-4, closed Monday and open by appointment only on Tuesday.



Henry H. Fraser, Komachi Goto, Simon Laurie RSW RGI, Stephanie Mills, Angela Repping, Peter Thomson & Graeme Wilcox with sculpture by Alejandro Lopez

23 September to 5 November

Our next exhibition returns to the small group format, this time, focusing on the Portrait.

One of the oldest art forms, portraiture recorded the appearance of individuals and was used to portray social standing, integrity, wealth and religious or political convictions.

With the advent of photography, and today’s ubiquitous mobile phone, everyone can, to some degree, produce good portraits. Being able to get beyond a likeness, however, and instilling an emotion or prompting a reaction with the viewer, really exploring the essence of the human condition, takes portraiture to an entirely different level.

We have invited 8 artists who have very different approaches to portraiture and figurative art. The group have produced a varied, interesting, and thoughtful collection which I am sure you will enjoy.

The exhibition opens at 11am on Saturday 23 September with refreshments served between 2 and 5pm when several of the artists will be around to discuss their work.

Summer Exhibition

Summer Exhibition

24 June – 17 September

Our summer show features varied collection of work from a number of familiar gallery artists as well as a couple of new faces. Recently elected to the RSW and the RGI, I have long admired Saul Robertson’s intriguing narrative style, so I’m delighted that he is showing a couple of pieces with us this summer. Also showing with us for the first time is East Lothian artist Kenneth Blues Wilson who will be showing two local landscapes. For all those wild swimmers out there, we have two beautiful bronze “Sea Swimmer” sculptures by Jane Smith and an outstanding monochrome “Bather” portrait by Graeme Wilcox. With around 50 pieces to hang there should be something for everyone in this exhibition.


George Birrell, Georgina Bown, Davy Brown, John Brown, Alan Connell, Ann Cowan, Amy Dennis, Fee Dickson Reid, Matthew Draper, Alison Dunlop, Ronnie Fulton, Neal Greig, Andy Heald, Kate Henderson, Phill Jupitus, Alex Knubley, Simon Laurie, Sarah Lawson, Rachel Marshall, John McClenaghen, Ian Neill, Ann Oram, Allan Robertson, Saul Robertson, Arran Ross, Michel Rulliere, Jane Smith, Jayne Stokes, Astrid Trügg, Graeme Wilcox, Kenneth Blues Wilson & Adrian Wiszniewski.

Up with the Larks

Up with the Larks

Dominique Cameron

6 May to 18 June

“This is a landscape exhibition of process, from figuration toward abstraction. The works include a series of drawings from a traditional, single point of view and move toward a more painterly abstraction that owes more to storytelling, becoming a narrative journey through the landscape. The title – ‘Up with the Larks’ references my own curiosity in exploring  Scotland and the encounters in meeting and making new stories of our landscape.”

Dominique Cameron

Spring Exhibition

Opening on Saturday 18 March, we have brought together a great selection of artists for our Spring Exhibition including:

Rosemary Beaton, George Birrell, Georgina Bown SSA, Davy Brown, Nicola Carberry, June Carey RSW RGI PAI ASWA, Carol Dewart PAI RSW, Matthew Draper SSA VAS PS, Alison Dunlop RSW, Michael Durning PPAI PAI RSW, Andy Heald, John Johnstone, Sarah Lawson, Ged Lerpiniere, Neil Macdonald RSW RGI PAI, Stephen Mangan, Alice McMurrough RSW RGI PAI, Heather Nevay RGI, Paul Reid, Naoko Shibuya, Alastair Strachan, Jayne Stokes SSA, Peter Thomson & Helen Wilson RSW RGI PAI.

We will open as usual at 11am on Saturday 18 March but refreshments will be served between 2 & 5pm.

Land and Sea

Land and Sea

28 January – 12 March 2023

Opening 28 January, refreshments from 2-5pm

Featuring the work of 9 landscape artists illustrating the variety of styles that can be enjoyed when contemplating the world around us. Artists are trained to study the world around us and those skills are honed over years of practice. Their work draws attention to features we might otherwise overlook and invite us to pause and ponder the natural wonder that surrounds us.

Paul Klee once said, “Art does not reproduce what we see, rather, it makes us see.” John Houston’s expressive landscapes looked, to me, at first quite abstracted but I have since noticed those ‘leopard skies’ over the Forth and was instantly reminded of his work.

It is a truly remarkably talented group of artists with a variety of styles, geographically covering the length and breadth…and depths of Scotland. There’s even a bit of Mediterranean sunshine to remind us of the summer months!

The exhibition runs from 28 January to 12 March 2023 with an opening on Saturday 28 January with refreshments from 2-5pm.

Dominique Cameron, Matthew Draper VAS SSA PS, Alison Dunlop RSW, Sam MacDonald, Robert MacMillan, John McClenaghen, Pascale Rentsch RSW, Ronald F Smith RSW RGI PAI & Christopher Wood RSW.

With ceramics from Sarah Lawson, Ronnie Fulton, Arran Ross and Jane B Walker.

Winter Exhibition

Winter Exhibition

5 November – 22 January 2023

Opening Night with refreshments, Friday 4 November 6-8pm

George Birrell, Georgina Bown, Davy Brown, Alfons Bytautas, Sunshine Callender, Dominique Cameron, June Carey, Alan Connell, Ian Cook, Carol Dewart, Fee Dickson-Reid, Matthew Draper, Andy Heald, Simon Laurie, Kevin Low, Sam MacDonald, Linda MacKinnon, Rachel Marshall, Ian Neill, Sheena Phillips, Allan J Robertson, Naoko Shibuya, Jayne Stokes, Astrid Trügg, Jane Walker, Graeme Wilcox, Adrian Wiszniewski and more.

Please note, revised opening hours for duration of the Winter Exhibition; Wednesday – Saturday 11-4pm, 12-4pm Sunday, closed Mondays and open by appointment only on Tuesdays.

Inspired – Contemporary Artists Inspired by work in the Collection of the National Galleries of Scotland

With the blessing of the National Galleries of Scotland, Fidra Fine Art has invited leading Scottish contemporary artists to respond to their favourite works in the national collection.

10 September to 30 October

Lesley Banks, Georgina Bown, Chris Brook, Colin Brown, Dominique Cameron, June Carey, Sandra Collins, Alan Connell, Ann Cowan, Joseph Davie, Fee Dickson, Matthew Draper, Michael Durning, Ronnie Fulton, Neal Greig, Andy Heald, Henry Jabbour, John Johnstone, Phill Jupitus, Simon Laurie, Alan Macdonald, Carolynda Macdonald, Ailsa Magnus, Neil Macdonald, Alice McMurrough, Ann Oram, Arran Ross, David Schofield, Jayne Stokes, Peter Thomson, James Tweedie & Graeme Wilcox.

The spark for this exhibition came when I was listening to William Feaver’s biography of Lucian Freud while walking my dog on the beach during lockdown.

I was struck by the fact he had been invited to create a piece of work inspired by something from the collection of The National Gallery in London.

The exhibition, Encounters – New Art from Old, involved 25 artists and was held in 2000. Freud’s entry was an etching after Chardin’s The Young School Mistress.

It turned out Freud made two paintings in response – one larger, one smaller – before creating complementary pair of etchings.

I thought it would be an interesting exercise to invite some of the leading Scottish contemporary artists who exhibit here at Fidra Fine Art to similarly choose a piece from the collection of the National Galleries of Scotland and reimagine or reinterpret it.

There is a historical precedence for this. Scottish artists have long travelled far and wide in search of inspiration from other artists for their work. Travel scholarships won from the art schools or organisations such as the Royal Scottish Academy  encouraged artists to expose themselves to foreign landscapes and new schools of artistic thought.

The Glasgow Boys threw off the often sentimental, romantic landscape tradition which was the fashion of the time – after exposure to the realism of Dutch and French art and artists such as Jules Bastien-Lepage – and returned with an entirely modern and exciting new school of painting.

I have been lucky to visit a number of galleries with artist friends and have always found it interesting to hear their comments and interpretations. Artists have been trained to study their subjects, analysing colour, line and composition in infinite detail. Invariably they see things that passed me by.

It’s been absolutely fascinating to be privy to their insight into the works on show in Inspiration. I am hoping that by studying the work and the accompanying words from the artists in this exhibition, it will encourage the viewer to seek out the artist’s sources of inspiration and take time to enjoy – with a different view – some of the wonderful artwork available in the collection of the National Galleries of Scotland.

There will be 32 interpretations in this exhibition. Alongside each of the pieces is a few words from the artists and a unique QR Code (or web link on our website)  which links to the inspiration piece on the National Galleries of Scotland website.

With special thanks to the National Galleries of Scotland for their cooperation and support of this exhibition.

All Summer Long

All Summer Long

2 July to 4 September

Featuring: Jilly Ballantyne, George Birrell, John Boak, Georgina Bown, Chris Brook, Colin Brown, Alison Burt, Dominique Cameron, Alan Connell, Ann Cowan, Joseph Davie,  Amy Dennis, Matthew Draper, Ronnie Fulton, Neal Greig, Hetty Haxworth, Phill Jupitus, Suzanne Kirk, Simon Laurie, Sarah Lawson, Alejandro Lopez, Neil Macdonald, Robert Macmillan, Rachel Marshall, Alice McMurrough, Alison McWhirter, Ian Neill, Arran Ross, David Schofield, Astrid Trügg, Jane Walker, Patti Yuill and many more.



14 May to 26 June 2022

Featuring work by Dominique Cameron, Nicola Carberry, Sandra Collins, Alan Connell, Paul Reid, Angela Repping, Joseph Urie, Graeme Wilcox and around 20 drawings by Neil Dallas Brown (1938-2003).

A celebration of the art of drawing featuring work from 8 contemporary Scottish based artists alongside a collection of 20 drawings by Neil Dallas Brown dating from 1960 to 1981.

A catalogue accompanies the exhibition with an introduction (repeated below) by Art Journalist, Jan Patience. If you would like a copy of the catalogue please contact the gallery.

Drawing is not what one sees but what one can make others see.

Edgar Degas

DRAWING is one of the most immediate forms of self-expression we human beings have at our disposal. Think about how a child, still unable to form words into sentences, picks up a crayon with glee and scribbles over the first surface they come across.

Soon these scribbles become decipherable; a face, a house, a garden pathand so it goes on.

In this new exhibition, simply titled, Drawing, Fidra Fine Art presents twenty five detailed study drawings by the late Neil Dallas Brown, influential artist and teacher, together with drawings by eight contemporary Scottish artists. Drawing lies at the very heart of all these artists’ work.

Dallas Brown was a remarkable artist who perhaps did not receive the acclaim he deserved during his lifetime and following his death in 2003 at the age of 65.

The drawings in this show were made between 1960, when Dallas Brown was studying at the Royal Academy Schools in London, and 1981, by which time he was teaching at the Glasgow School of Art (GSA).

In the late 1970s, Brown became caught up in his seminal Shroud paintings, made in response to The Troubles in Northern Ireland.

Brown’s sketches (it almost feels wrong to call them sketches as they are fully formed artworks) reveal the inner workings of Dallas Brown’s mind as he planned out paintings. Nothing is left to chance as he evokes a now vanished era in pencil and graphite, making notes on colour on occasion to the side of the paper.

One in particular, Study for Target III (Fast Sway), 1979, depicts two dogs leaping towards the side of a gun-barrel target. Poignantly the painting which followed on was lost in the first GSA fire in 2014.

A few years ago, I spoke to Brown’s near contemporary, John Johnstone, about him. The two men both studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee. “He really was something else,” Johnstone recalled.

“The first time I saw his work a painting of cliff faces was in 1960. It was like a Carvaggio. I remember thinking, ‘My God, what a skilful painter!

To paint like Caravaggio, artists have to be quick on the draw; grafting endlessly via graphite, charcoal, ink or pastel. They make it look so easy. But it’s not.

A solid grounding in the art of drawing is key to the development of every good artist.

At least three of the artists featured in this exhibition were taught by Dallas Brown; Nicola Carberry, Alan Connell and Joseph Urie.

Nicola Carberry works quickly, be it in pencil, pastel, ink or watercolour, letting her hand roam deftly over the page. Her figures bristle with energy and spontaneity.

The naked charcoal figures in Joseph Urie’s drawings from the late 1980s are densely drawn against a blackened background, laden with foreboding.

Alan Connell’s drawings of household objects are slow-burn affairs, detailed and delicate at the same time.

Dominique Cameron’s drawings of landscapes and figures have an antsy urgency about them; quicksilver movements on paper or board, using charcoal or oil bars, transferring the image she sees in her mind’s eye to hand in an instant.

More delicately, Sandra Collins maroons pencil-drawn figures against a static patterned background, throwing acrylic and thread into the mix to make it sing.

Graeme Wicox’s heads and figures, set against featureless backgrounds are caught up in a distant reverie. There’s a restlessness about them which draws you in.

With preternatural skill, Angela Repping captures stillness in her studies of women’s heads. As viewers, we are caught up in their world. Who are these women, where are they from, what are they thinking?

Paul Reid‘s studies for his large paintings of classical scenes are the first draft of his own history. The devil is in the detail. Pan, Greek god of fertility, has a surprisingly humanoid appearance, despite the goat face and horns. He stands in knee-length shorts against a dilapidated brick wall. Clutching a skull. Challenging onlookers to “come ahead”.

This is an exhibition which invites everyone to “come ahead”. To look and to take stock.

Jan Patience

Art Journalist