An artist has “hijacked” images in the National Gallery of Scotland to show his own work in a high-tech augmented reality project.

Edinburgh-based Trevor Jones has set up an app that allows people to see his paintings in place of Old Masters in the National Gallery when viewed through a phone or tablet.

He said it is legal but he hopes to raise questions over ownership of digital space which he is exploring in his exhibition called #EdinburghHacked.

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Those who sign up can shift between Gavin Hamilton's Achilles Lamenting the Death of Patroclus to Jones' The Eiffel Tower in the flagship gallery at The Mound.

He said: “I've always dreamed of having one of my paintings in the National Gallery.

"Today I saw 15 of my works on display there."

The former director of Art in Healthcare is holding an exhibition at the Dundas Street Gallery in September which includes a brainwave scanner for visitors to capture their physiological responses to the artworks.

He added: "This exhibition will connect paint with augmented reality, morphing software, social media, and more to create an interactive space that evolves and changes with those who engage with it.

"I am interested in this notion of who owns digital space as there is really no information about it."

A spokesman for the National Galleries of Scotland said: “Visitors to the National Galleries of Scotland are free to take photographs of most of the artworks on show for their personal use and we are also very happy for them to use these images as the basis for their own dreams and imaginative journeys."

See more about augmented reality at the National Gallery of Scotland in this video: