Kirkcaldy artist paints the Forth Bridge!

James with his 'Man of Steel' painting in Expression Art Studios
James with his 'Man of Steel' painting in Expression Art Studios
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A Kirkcaldy artist is harnessing his fascination for some of Fife’s greatest feats of engineering in his latest exhibition.

James Annandale (30), who is behind the Expression Art Studios in the town’s High Street, is taking part in the Forth Bridges Festival celebrating the road bridge’s 50th anniversary, next month.

He will form part of the festival’s art trail, with his artwork on the subject of the bridges on show in G-Room barbers in South Queensferry’s High Street. And his involvement in the event couldn’t have come at a better time.

James said: “I did a painting of the Forth Rail Bridge called ‘Man of Steel,’ two years ago when I was with Contemporary Arts in Dunfermline depicting the bridge with Andrew Carnegie on it, and always intended to do more.

“I was about to start painting and saw on Facebook the plans for the Bridges Festival, so I contacted the organisers and told them about my work and got involved through that.

“As part of my recent 30th birthday my fiancee Claire took me on a boat trip around the bridges and I got a chance to see them close up which has really inspired me to get down to more painting.”

James, who is originally from Barry in Wales, is now painting furiously to meet the deadline for the exhibition, which will feature the work of around 20 local artists, and will run from September 5 to 14.

“This was a brilliant coincidence that the festival was just at this time, and I am really looking forward to being a part of it,” said James.