About this artwork

Actor Brian Cox was born in Dundee, the youngest of five children. He made his stage debut with Dundee Repertory Company aged just fourteen and later studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. His London debut came in 1967 when he appeared on stage in ‘As You Like It’. His prolific film career started out with his performance as Dr Hannibal Lecktor in ‘Manhunter’ and includes major Hollywood productions such as ‘Braveheart’, ‘X-Men 2’, ‘The Bourne Identity/Supremacy’ and ‘Troy’. He usually plays villains, but has on occasion taken on more sympathetic roles, such as Edward Norton's father in the film ‘25th Hour’. In 2003 he was awarded the CBE. At the unveiling of this portrait, Brian Cox remarked that he has blue eyes but the portrait has brown eyes: "It is my face with my father's eyes."

Iain Clark

Iain Clark

Iain Clark is a contemporary photographic artist whose technique has been described as 'sitting somewhere between photography and painting'. The camera and the photograph are only the beginning of the creative process and the subsequent manipulation of the image creates a finished portrait which is intended to capture the essential person. Clark produces portraits as well as landscapes, urban scenes and images of single objects.