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Meet Your Favourite Artist

Meet some of the UKs best loved artists in these short videos. It's not often we get to meet the face behind the art.

Most of the films have been made by Scottish production company STROMA Films.


A Portrait of Alan Cumming by Christian Hook

This is "A Portrait of Alan Cumming: Christian Hook" by Rapid Visual Media.

In this film, the artist (Gibraltar-born artist Christian Hook) and the sitter (acclaimed Scottish actor Alan Cumming) reflect on the collaborative process of creating the portrait, and discuss the significance of the different elements in the piece.

Elizabeth Blackadder - In the Studio

Intimate and insightful portrait of Elizabeth Blackadder creating work at home in her studio. Produced for the National Galleries of Scotland by STROMA Films.

Sol LeWitt Wall Drawing

Rapid Visual Media were commissioned by the Gallery of Modern Art to document the installation of Sol Lewitt's wall drawing 1136.

The Scottish Colourist Series - S J Peploe on Vimeo

An extraordinary archive helps tell the story of Scottish Colourist S J Peploe.

Eloquently brought to life by the artist's grandson Guy Peploe the film tells a very intimate story.

Filmed by STROMA Films.

John Byrne - Sitting Ducks

John Byrne walks us round his exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery giving us insight and good humour in equal measure.

John "Patrick" Byrne (born 6 January 1940) is a Scottish playwright and artist. He has been described as the first postmodern poet from Paisley.

What is a Portrait?

Artists, curators and Portrait Gallery staff try to describe what a portrait is. It turns out to be a surprisingly difficult question to answer...

Antony Gormley - 6 Times

Antony Gormley asked us to make an artistic treatment of his work, displaying its aesthetic qualities, the environment it occupies and the affect on the local community… so that’s what we did.

V&A Design In Motion - Geoffrey Mann on Vimeo

Scottish designer Geoffrey Mann bringing craft into the digital realm.

Geoffrey Mann is the Programme Director in Glass at Edinburgh College of Art. His work has been exhibited around the world including The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Gilbert & George - The Early Years

This is "Gilbert & George - The Early Years" by STROMA Films.

Gilbert Prousch and George Passmore are artists who met while studying sculpture at St Martin’s School of Art in London in 1967. Gilbert is an Italian and George an Englishman. Sometimes described as a collaborative duo they don’t agree and have said “It’s not a collaboration….We are two people, but one artist.”


GENERATION: Scotland + Contemporary Art

GENERATION: Scotland + Contemporary Art

National Galleries Scotland talk to artists and curators about why Scotland is such a great place to be an artist.

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Scottish Art: Painting Demo- Ocean Blue

Scott Naismith, Glasgow Based Contemporary Scottish Landscape Artist.

This video shows Scott at work creating one of his stunning landscapes.

*Not by Rapid Visual Media but we like Scott's art.

Karla Black on Vimeo

Karla Black is a Scottish sculptor whose work, Doesn't Care In Words, was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2011.

Black represented Scotland at the 54th Venice Bienale in 2011. STROMA Films was commissioned by Scotland + Venice, Creative Scotland, The Fruitmarket Gallery and the British Council to make 3 films to support Karla Black’s show in the Scottish Pavilion.

They also relayed the artist’s ideas and the exhibition experience to people unable to make it to Venice during the 6 months of the Biennale.

Drawn to Light - Jonnie Common

This is "Drawn to Light - Jonnie Common" by STROMA Films.

Jonnie is a Scottish musical artist with a huge amount of talent. In this video he composes a new piece of music to represent The McManus Museum in Dundee and has included sounds from the museum itself.

Drawn to Light - Duncan Marquiss

Two of Scotland’s leading young artists, Duncan Marquiss & Jonnie Common, were commissioned to create 2 new artworks for The McManus Museum in Dundee.

Duncan produced a video installation that was played on the exterior of the museum building. The video represents the museum and included many of the museum’s collection of objects and artworks.

Duncan is an extremely talented Scottish artist who works with film and video, drawing, writing and music.