About this artwork

Known affectionately as ‘Monty’, Colin Montgomerie has been consistently ranked among the world’s best golfers for more than two decades. He has won over forty tournament victories, the last being the 2007 Smurfit Kappa European Open. Recent achievements include captaining the victorious European team at the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor, for which he was named BBC Sports Personality Coach of the Year. In 2010 Montgomerie asked the young Glasgow-based artist Iain Faulkner to paint portraits of the triumphant Ryder Cup team members, which were presented to them as gifts. This portrait draws on the existing relationship between sitter and artist. Faulkner shows Montgomerie standing on the Ailsa course at Turnberry. The sun setting in the west behind Ailsa Craig adds to the pensive mood.

Iain Faulkner

Iain Faulkner

Born in Glasgow, Faulkner studied at Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 1996. His oeuvre is focused on figurative compositions, in which the main male character often physically resembles the artist himself. However, they are not self-portraits - instead Faulkner sees the character as his doppelganger recast in various scenes. His paintings are frequently contemplative with a discernible narrative. The characters rarely make eye contact with the viewer which adds a further element of reflection, often heightened by the artist’s use of mirrored surfaces.