Drawing at Fidra Fine Art in Gullane features twenty rarely-seen drawings by the influential Scottish artist and teacher Neil Dallas Brown (1938-2003), described by gallery owner Alan Rae as ‘a remarkable artist, ripe for rediscovery’. Brown’s work appears alongside a diverse portfolio of drawings by eight leading contemporary Scottish artists.
The Dallas Brown drawings were made between 1960, when the artist was studying at the Royal Academy Schools in London, and 1981, by which time he was teaching at the Glasgow School of Art. They include the drawings for his seminal late 1970s Shroud series of paintings, made in response to ‘the Troubles’ in Northern Ireland. One of these, Study for Target III (Fast Sway), depicts two dogs leaping towards the side of a gun-barrel sight. The painting which followed was lost in the first GSA fire in 2014.
Other featured artists Joseph Urie, who became a close friend of Dallas Brown after attending his drawing classes at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee, and Alan Connell and Nicola Carberry, who were both taught by Dallas Brown after he took up a post at the Glasgow School of Art.