Nick Nairn, born 1959. Chef (1999)
About this artwork
Nick Nairn was born in Stirling in 1959. At the age of twenty-five he couldn't even boil an egg, yet at twenty-seven he was running a restaurant near Aberfoyle, and later one in Glasgow. He sold the Glasgow restaurant in 2003 to devote more time to his cookery school and his family. In 1990 he became the youngest Scottish chef to win a Michelin Star. Since then he has appeared regularly on TV and radio and written extensively on food. This portrait is larger than life-size and the paint, mixed with sand, has a texture almost like meringue.
Glasgow-born Ian Hughes attended Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee from 1976 to 80. He then won a travel scholarship and spent six months in Amsterdam. Later he moved to Edinburgh where his time was divided between his art work and nursing at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. His early work involved painting over ready-made photographed images. Recently he has relied more directly on the painted image. His work has appeared in many solo and group exhibitions.