Sudden death of gifted Kirkcaldy artist and photographer

Ian Wilkie
Ian Wilkie

Ian’s artworks were sought by rock stars as clients ...

Popular Fife artist and photographer Ian Wilkie has died suddenly at the age of 60.

Ian was born in the Kingdom in 1954 and was known as the the go-to artist for some of the music industry’s rich and famous.

He studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee in the early 1970s.

He left with a Diploma in Graphic Design and a Post Graduate Diploma in Photography.

Soon after graduating from college, he made good use of the skills and knowledge and turned his hand at sculpture and created miniature hand-painted replica guitar badges for many musical clients.

His work was soon being commissioned by artists such as Sting, Tom Petty and Eric Clapton – for the latter he crafted a full-size replica of Clapton’s Cream era SG guitar.

Keith Richards was also a celebrity client who was so happy with Ian’s creation that he invited him to attend a Rolling Stones concert as a thank-you.

Perhaps one of his most noted pieces of artwork was the scale model of Beatles guitarist George Harrison’s mini from the film ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ which he was asked to produce as a birthday present from his wife, Olivia, in 1999.

Continuing to combine his fondness for music and art, Ian made many connections throughout the music industry.

He worked as a roadie for a number of years where he was asked to paint stage backdrops for a number of well known bands including Big Country.

Living in Kirkcaldy most of his life, Ian recently had a show of a collection of his portraits, entitled ‘Just Folk’.

The highly popular exhibition, at the Lochgelly Centre, featured paintings of family as well as some well-known faces. The exhibition ran for a number of months finally coming to an end in July. 
Over the years, Ian frequently had his portraits of family and friends put on display for the public’s enjoyment.

Many tributes have been paid to Ian on his Facebook page by family, friends and fans.

Ian is survived by his wife Susan and his two sons, John and Angus.