Iconic graffiti artist unveils new mural of Glasgow political figure

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Iconic graffiti artist unveils new mural of Glasgow political figure
Iconic graffiti artist unveils new mural of Glasgow political figure

A FAMOUS Glasgow graffiti artist has painted a brand new mural in honour of political pioneer Thomas Muir.

Dubbed the 'Father of Scottish Democracy', Thomas Muir of Huntershill is the focus of the latest creation by artist Bobby McNamara.

Muir is recognised across the country with an annual lecture held at Glasgow University, a museum of memorabilia in Bishopbriggs Library and an annual festival which is organised by the Friends of Thomas Muir.

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In 2015, Scottish artist and Glasgow Art School graduate Ken Currie was commissioned to paint a portrait of Muir called ‘The Trials of Thomas Muir'.

This is now on permanent show in Bishopbriggs Library.

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Jimmy Watson, of the Friends of Thomas Muir, said, "It's recorded that a portrait of Thomas Muir was commissioned by his parents and hung at Huntershill House in the main living room.

"Unfortunately, through time, this portrait went missing. We believe this portrait was painted by the celebrated Scottish artist David Martin and is most likely now held in a private collection.

"We were delighted when the EDLC Trust commissioned Ken Currie to paint the portrait."

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Known as Rogue One, some of McNamara's most iconic murals include Billy Connolly, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Crazy Cat Lady and The World's Most Economical Taxi.

Now facing Billy Connolly is his latest work of Muir, located on a wall in The Old Wynd car park in the Trongate.

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Mr Watson added: "To now have one of Scotland’s finest graffiti artists bring his interpretation of Thomas Muir to the area of Glasgow where Muir's father had a shop and as a young lad he studied is incredible.

"Friends of Thomas Muir want to thank Helen Ross (European funding), Bobby McNamara, Mark Coburn, Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Life and all those who made this possible.

"It's a very fitting tribute that we expect will become of significant interest to those living and visiting Glasgow”.