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101-year-old artist Clarke celebrates birthday with MBE recognition

An artist who turns 101 today is among those from Scotland's world of arts and music recognised.

Derek Clarke, the oldest member of the Royal Scottish Academy, has been honoured with an MBE.

Born near Peterborough, Clarke first moved to Scotland in 1947 when he began to teach at the Edinburgh College of Art.

He was also recently honoured by the RSA with a show celebrating his 100 years.

Elsewhere in the arts, the leading composer and conductor Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, who is already the Master of the Queen's Music and lives in Orkney where he founded the St Magnus Festival, has become a Companion of Honour for his services to music. The title is only held by 65 people and was instituted in 1917 as a reward for outstanding achievements in the arts, literature, music, science, politics, industry, or religion.

Born in Longthorpe near Peterborough on the last day of 1912, Mr Clarke was educated at Ampleforth College and attended Slade School of Art in London from 1931 to 1935.

In the Second World War he fought in the Durham Light Infantry and served in Tunisia.

In 1947, he was invited by Robert Lyon, Principal of Edinburgh College of Art at the time, to join the staff of its Drawing and Painting School.

His exhibition at the RSA in early 2013 displayed his portraiture, paintings of family groups, landscapes - including the rock scenery of the north west Highlands of Scotland - and animals, as well as religious themes.

He commented last year on why he still paints in his advanced years.

"I paint every day of the week so long as the light is good...that is why I am as old as I am," he said.

"I don't know if I have been an inspiration to others, but I hope I have painted with integrity."

Other names from the cultural scene in Scotland honoured include the crime writer Alanna Knight, known for her Inspector Faro series, who will receive an MBE for services to literature, while the Turner Prize winning Scottish artist Susan Philipsz, originally from Glasgow, receives an OBE.

Ms Philipsz, who studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, won the 2010 Turner Prize, the most prestigious in contemporary art, for her sound installations, the first artist to do so.

Eileen Rumble of Muirhead, Dundee, receives an MBE for services to embroidery and Ian Gordon Scott is honoured with an MBE for services to archeology.

Dr Fiona Kennedy Clark, of Aberdeenshire, will receive an OBE for services to music and charity in Scotland.

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