History comes alive

Douglas Gray with his industrial themed paintings
Douglas Gray with his industrial themed paintings

A KINGHORN artist is celebrating 50 years of industry in Fife and beyond by launching a special exhibition of his work.

Douglas Gray (65) is showcasing paintings, drawing, prints and photographs in the free display which is on in Kinghorn Station Gallery from this Saturday until Saturday, April 13.

The professional painter and printmaker, who stays in Kinghorn, is covering half a century of his interest and involvement with industry.

He told The Press his work is based on personal experience: “I worked in the Burntisland Alumina factory for eight years and some of the paintings are humorous and dramatic from things I experienced when I worked there,” he said.

Bottle works

“Some of the photos from inside the factory were taken by me. I have also included drawings of Kinghorn Bottle Works I did when I was at Kirkcaldy High School - the factory used to be based at Pettycur, but it along with other industries, has gone now.

‘‘My work covers the 1950s and 60s when industry was booming in Fife and a lot of work was available, particularly for men.

‘‘I also look at the maritime industry across the Forth in Leith as well as land-based industry.”

The exhibition, which is open Tuesdays to Saturdays between 10.00 a.m and 4.00 p.m., features works using large oils, woodcuts and etchings done when Douglas was a shift worker.

He studied painting at Dundee College of Art and the Royal College in London before returning to Scotland to work for several years.


He said: “I have had an interest in industries like shipbuilding and engineering for a long time and had I not gone to art college I may have gone on to work in the shipyards.

‘‘I would like people to come and have a look at the display - it may even bring back memories for people who worked in the local industries.” He added: “The exhibition is a celebration of those who worked there and a testimony to the continuing de-industrialisation of the Scottish landscape.”