Acclaimed Scottish Artist, Gerard Burns is releasing his painting of Scots actor and UNICEF UK Ambassador Ewan McGregor to launch his upcoming “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, this July, during the Commonwealth Games.
“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.”
Gerard, who regularly donates his paintings to charity, thought that his own contribution to 2014 would be to organise a multi-charity event that celebrates each significant character he has chosen to paint while raising funds for each of his sitters’ chosen charities.
“Ewan McGregor is the first completed painting for the ‘14 for 14’ Exhibition. He was literally the first person I thought of as soon as I came up with the idea. Ewan has been a pal now for many years and in that time I have grown to admire him, not just his career success but also for his incredible work with UNICEF. I just called him up and asked if he was up for it and here we are.
Painting Ewan has been particularly enjoyable as we worked together on what he wanted in the background that make subtle references to pertinent characters and points in Ewan’s career.”
Ewan has said,
“I love this painting and really enjoyed working with Gerard on what details to include – the text and graffiti in the background. I’m sure Gerard’s ‘14 for 14’ Exhibition will be a great success. It’s a fantastic opportunity to raise funds for charities like UNICEF. Over the years, I’ve been fortunate enough to see some of UNICEF’s life-saving work around the world. From Asia to South America and Africa, I’ve been deeply moved by every child I’ve met and by the passion and commitment of the people working on the ground to make sure every child has the best possible future. But there is still a lot of work to be done, and UNICEF won’t rest until they’ve reached children in even the most remote areas of the world.”
Gerard is busy finishing the other portraits of prominent sitters for their own individual achievements and contributions.
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.”