FIONNA  CARLISLE

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Fionna discusses her work with Camilla, the Duchess of Rothesay, after the completion of a painting with a difference for the charity The Elephant Family. The charity asked Fionna to paint a sculptured crocodile which was displayed alongside an array of other animal works in Princes Street Gardens,Edinburgh, for Jungle City during the summer of 2011.

The inspiration for Fionna's crocodile came from her birthplace of Caithness and included images of thistles and rugged seascapes. The crocodile took more than three weeks to paint in the Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh. Coincidentally, Fionna discovered that there is a stuffed crocodile on show in Wick Library, a fact which amused Camilla.

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THEY say artists must be prepared to suffer for their work, and Fionna Carlisle walked through fire and crashed into the North Sea to prepare herself for a commission.

The artist had to endure the rigours of an oil industry survival course before starting a series of portraits on various people who have played leading roles in the history of North Sea exploration.

Full article on scotsman.com

The 80th birthday on 22nd April, 2009, of Sir Michael Atiyah was celebrated with the Atiyah80: Geometry and Physics conference organised by ICMS at the Informatics Forum of the University of Edinburgh and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, April 20–22, and a sequence of events Science, Politics and Drama at the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Royal Lyceum Theatre, April 23–24 2009.

Fionna created a set of drawings at the Atiyah80 conference, you can see the full set at the Atiyah80 website.

These sketches led to commission of Sir Michael Atiyah and Professor Friedrich Hirzebruch, two double portraits one is in University of Edinburgh and other Max Planck Institute of Mathematics Bonn. Drawn in Bonn and Edinburgh, 2011

Selection of images from North Sea portraits on the BBC Scotland website:

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A portrait of the late Rt. Hon. Robin Cook was unveiled yesterday by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Michael J. Martin MP. The reception was attended by Mrs Gaynor Cook, Mr Christopher Cook and Mr Peter Cook.

The portrait is an important new acquisition for the House of Commons Collection. Painted by Fionna Carlisle during the months before Robin Cook's death in August 2005, it depicts the Parliamentarian informally, with his two dogs "Tammy" and "Tasker", named after the Scottish whiskies Tamdhu and Talisker. He chose to wear his racing clothes and asked the artist to include in the background two prominent Edinburgh references, Musselburgh Racecourse and the Firth of Forth. By his hand is a copy of Hansard, dated 17 March 2003, the day he resigned from the Cabinet over the decision to go to war with Iraq.

Hugo Swire MP, Chairman of the Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art, said

"We are delighted to have obtained this important picture for the Collection. Robin Cook was a Parliamentarian whose reputation grew over the years and it is quite proper that we should have an image of him. I am certain that this iconographic portrait will become one of our most popular images with the public"

Fionna Carlisle said

"He was a joy to paint – a challenging and rewarding sitter, who was very generous with his time. I found him witty and easy company and he took a keen interest as the painting progressed. He wanted his smile in the portrait to show a happy and contented man, which is how he felt"

Originally from: www.parliament.uk
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