New exhibition by Newport artist to open in west Fife

Newport-based artist McLoughlin opens his new solo show, '˜The Meanings of Things', at the Fire Station Creative Gallery in Dunfermline next Friday.

Sunday, 29th May 2016, 2:30 pm

It marks an important return to his roots, as he was born in the town and passion for art was first ignited there.

As a teenager he worked as a labourer on the building of the stand at East End Park, where he shook hands with the legendary Jock Stein.

Although he was a successful artist in the 1970s – as Phil Barker – he gave up art in 1980 to begin doctoral studies, leading a new career as a psychotherapist and academic.

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Dr Barker spent the next 30 years as a university professor and author, becoming one of the world’s leading figures in mental health recovery.

He only returned to art in 2010 – as McLoughlin – with an exhibit at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh, which led to a string of awards and prizes and election to the Society of Scottish Artists.

Within a few years, his work has become highly sought-after by collectors across the UK, Europe and Australasia.

McLoughlin’s work is at the forefront of contemporary painting and mirrors the many uncertainties of present-day life. His new show runs at the Dunfermline venue from June 3 to July 3.