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William McLaren – An Artist Out of Time

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William McLaren – An Artist Out of Time

Edinburgh based filmmaker Jim Hickey’s fascinating new documentary about the life and times of Scottish painter, commercial illustrator and muralist McLaren is the latest feature to the grace the rightly celebratory Made in Edinburgh screening slot. Hickey follows the work and hears the stories of this remarkable and long suffering (from a crippling handicap that affected his feet) Scottish hero. This film is screening with one of Hickey’s short And So Goodbye. Hickey will take part in a Q&A after the film.

Filmhouse, Edinburgh on Wed 2 Dec.

William McLaren - An Artist Out of Time

  • 2009
  • UK
  • 51 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Jim Hickey

Documenting the life and work of Scottish artist William McLaren - from simple beginnings in the 1920s in a mining town to the creation of work for some of the finest private houses and public buildings in the UK. This screening will be followed by Jim Hickey's short film 'And So Goodbye'.


1. Eddie Murray13 Sep 2010, 5:29pm Report

Willie McLaren was an unassuming and very funny man, who turned his artistic hand and imaginative brain to produce masterpieces.
I knew him quite well during the 1970s, when I had a business in Dundas Street and he did lots of work for a fellow antiques' dealer in the same street.
Willie was a character in every sense, who knew exactly what was wanted of him, his understanding of the antique proven in the result of his every creation. He knew what his client wanted and produced results quite beyone expectation.
His slow manner of talk, combined with a similar, hearty laugh caused his memory to linger in the minds of those who were so lucky to have known him.
Eddie Murray (Raphael)
ex Raphael Antique Dealers

2. Glory Dassi9 Jul 2013, 12:16am Report

William McLaren was my mother's 2nd cousin..we called him uncle Willie ..he came to the USA to visit our family when i was about 10 yrs old in about 1960. I very much enjoyed meeting him. He was kind and funny. He did a black ink silhouette drawing of me,my twin sister and my younger brother. I still have mine. Since childhood i have been very interested in art and doing art. Willie very much inspired me to be an artist. Today i paint in oils and have done some sculpting among other things. What an honor to know he is being recognized now for his incredible art work.Love you Willie

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