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Portraits of 14 Scots who were an inspiration to artist is centre of new fundraising exhibition

Portraits of 14 inspirational Scots are to be at the centre of a new fundraising art exhibition in Glasgow this summer.

portrait OF AN ARTIST: Doctor Fraser Inglis felt emotional after seeing Gerard Burns' painting. Picture: Elaine Livingstone
portrait OF AN ARTIST: Doctor Fraser Inglis felt emotional after seeing Gerard Burns' painting. Picture: Elaine Livingstone

The artist Gerard Burns yesterday unveiled his painting of the prominent clinician and founder of the Glasgow Memory Clinic, Doctor Fraser Inglis.

Dr Fraser's portrait is one of the '14 for 14' multi charity, fundraising exhibition that will take place in The Banking Hall in Clydesdale Bank's head office in St Vincent Street, in Glasgow.

Burns said: "2014 is such a significant year for Glasgow and Scotland. I decided I would paint 14 individuals that I have been inspired by, that have had a significant influence on my own life, that I have admired for being at the top of their game, having made a significant contribution to others or have shown great grace in the face of adversity."

Burns said he wanted to make his own contribution to 2014, a landmark Scottish year with both the Commonwealth Games and the Independence Referendum, and has organised the multi-charity event that celebrates each character he has chosen to paint, whilst raising funds for each of his sitters' chosen charities.

He has already unveiled a portrait of the actor and Unicef ambassador Ewan McGregor. Burns explained "I wanted to paint Fraser as he is a unique character and strongly believes the arts must be supported.

"A modern day patron, his enthusiasm and childlike excitement are completely infectious. Fraser has been a significant mentor in helping me develop as an artist over the last five years and very supportive in shaping the direction of where I am headed. I am eternally grateful for his support. I have great admiration for his research and development work around dementia and Alzheimer's."

Dr Inglis said: "I am really impressed with the portrait that Gerard has done of me and I have to admit feel really quite emotional and humble when I reflect on the thought, great skill and time that Gerard has spent on this producing this portrait."

Alastair Christmas, Clydesdale Bank's regional head of business and private banking in the west of Scotland, said: "Gerard has been a private banking customer for many years so it gives us great pleasure to support his latest exhibition, 14 for 14.

"It is also gratifying to know that the funds raised by the exhibition will be donated to some fantastic causes.

"We look forward to welcoming art lovers to our head office in Glasgow over the month of July, including visitors who are attending the Commonwealth Games."

Born in Glasgow in 1961, Burns graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1983 with a degree in Fine Art.

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