007 Licensed to thrill at ECA retrospective
A rare life study of Sir Sean Connery has been included in the Edinburgh College of Art Centenary Exhibition, Ten Decades, at the capital’s City Art Centre.
The oil on canvas, which captures the star in barely there underwear, was painted by Edinburgh-born ECA alumnus and jazz musician Al Fairweather, a student in the School of Drawing and Painting when Connery was a life model at the College in 1952.
While Connery went on to worldwide fame, the artist also went on to enjoy success, in his musical career, recording with the Fairweather-Brown All Stars and working with famed clarinettist Acker Bilk. The painting is on display alongside more than 80 works from esteemed alumni including Dame Elizabeth Blackadder and John Bellany, and more recent graduates such as Graham Flack and Janice McNab. Admission to the exhibition is free and open to the public until Saturday 19 January next year when it transfers to London’s Fleming Gallery.