Doors Open days title with mirrored text and a painting of Jack Renton looking at his reflection in water.

Doors Open Days 2022 film premiere

Doors Open premiere Saturday the 17th of September 2022 sees the release of a short animated film about art called Doors Open, by Orcadian artist Martin Laird. The film was created for Doors Open Days 2022, supporting Scotland’s Year of Stories. It will premiere at 12pm, on YouTube, with the artist on hand to chat […]

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Headhunter (antisyzygy) - a headhunter gazes into water and points a spear threateningly at his own reflection. In the background are dafffodils and trees. Rough impasto acrylic paint texture.

Headhunter (antisyzygy)

Headhunter (antisyzygy) Headhunter (antisyzygy) is a painting inspired by the extreme survival story of Orcadian Jack Renton, who is sometimes called “The White Headhunter.” Renton was a 19th Century seaman from Stromness who was ‘Shanghai’d’ (abducted) and eventually marooned in the South Seas, drifting for thousands of miles with a few other deserters from the […]

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The Fairy Dance - an Orcadian folk tale, supporting Scotland's Year of Stories 2022.

The Fairy Dance animation release

The Fairy Dance animation release In this, Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022, I am proud to announce the release of my second animated short film, The Fairy Dance. Watch The Fairy Dance now. Click here! The Fairy Dance is adapted from a folk tale, recorded by the writer Ernest Marwick, about a fiddle-player who entertains […]

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