A PAINTING immortalising Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond as 'Angels of The North' is to go under the hammer in Glasgow.

The unusual oil painting, depicting the current and former First Ministers riding a motorcycle and sidecar, is the first in a series of political portraits by artist Graham McKean.

Auctioneers McTear's are to sell the work in Glasgow on Sunday September 18 as part of their Scottish contemporary art auction, with the piece expecting to go for between £2000 and £4000.

'Angels of the North’ shows the First Minister and the MP for Gordon riding along the coast of Scotland in a red motorcycle and sidecar.

Whilst Mr Salmond is giving the thumbs up, Ms Sturgeon is focusing on the road ahead dressed in a purple suit, stilettos and flashing a glimpse of her stockings.

The artist's works have featured in some of the world's top art galleries and have been praised by his peers, including renowned artist Peter Howson.

Mr McKean says he is "not a political person" but does "enjoy a saltire" and wanted to take the opportunity to portray the high profile politicians in a humorous light.

He said“I am not a political person or a supporter of any one party but I do enjoy satire.

"There’s no hostility in this series of paintings and as Scotland and the UK are living through extraordinary political times I’m doing what many artists have done for generations; having a gentle laugh at our best known politicians.

"Angels of the North is the first in a series of paintings featuring some of our best known politicians and major celebrities."

McTear’s Managing Director Brian Clements said: “Graham’s work always attracts a high level of interest at our auctions as he is one of Scotland’s most recognisable and loved artists. His humorous take on modern day situations and characters frequently leave the viewer with a smile on their face and there’s no doubt that this latest work will do exactly that.”