Alexander Graham protesting unfair tax levied on Stromness, standing behind a wealthy Kirkwall burgher with a protest placard.

Alexander Graham

Alexander Graham v. the Royal Burgh of Kirkwall Alexander Graham was a merchant who lived in Stromness, Orkney, in the 18th Century. At the time Stromness was growing from a tiny fishing village to a sizeable town due to its convenient location on the North Atlantic trade routes. This put it in competition with the […]

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King James VI with the head of Patrick Stewart, Earl of Orkney, who was beheaded for treason. Acrylic, 2020.

James VI & Earl Patrick Stewart

King James VI with the head of Earl Patrick Stewart Patrick Stewart was second Earl of Orkney and Zetland (Shetland) from the 1590s until his execution for treason in 1615. He was first imprisoned, and later beheaded, by King James VI of Scotland (who was also James I of England). As Earl of the Northern […]

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Studio tour with Orcadian artist Martin Laird

Orkney Doors Open Days 2020

Orkney Doors Open Days 2020 Artists from Orkney were invited to take part in the annual series of Doors Open Days events taking place across Scotland. This year events are online only due to Covid-19 restrictions. In the following video you can watch a short overview of my studio working environment, materials, tools and methods. […]

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