Spalding artist shares his love of Edinburgh in exhibition

John Gray with some of the paintings in the exhibition. Photo supplied courtesy of Tony Jones.

John Gray with some of the paintings in the exhibition. Photo supplied courtesy of Tony Jones.

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THERE IS a small corner of Spalding that is forever Scotland – in the heart of local artist and tutor John Gray.

Scottish-born John has been painting and teaching at the Riverbank Studios and Gallery in Spalding since it was formed in 1986.

However, for the past 20 years John has been creating a series of large-scale oil paintings about the city of Edinburgh, and some of the characters and myths associated with it.

Those works are now going on exhibition from tororrow until Thursday, April 26 at Whitespace in Edinburgh as a way of paying homage to the city where he studied art and where he was inspired to become a professional artist.

The works recreate Edinburgh, portraying the controversial and notorious characters of the city’s history as well as two paintings featuring incidents brought on by the historic acts of union.