ANDREW Carnegie's brush with fame is set to continue 100 years after his death.

To commemorate the centenary of his passing, the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust has commissioned a contemporary Scottish artist, Calum Colvin, to create a portrait which reflects his life and legacy.

Professor of Fine Art Photography at the University of Dundee, he is known for constructing 3D trompe-l'oeil installations (stage-sets overpainted with the portrait of his subject) which he then photographs to produce the final artwork.

Mr Colvin's most recent works include portraits of Hugh MacDiarmid, for the Royal Scottish Academy, and Robert Burns, for the McManus Museum in Dundee, as well as a series titled 'Jacobites by Name' at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

Ian Wilson, chair of the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust, said: “Calum Colvin has a unique way of combining photography and painted portraiture with three-dimensional objects that reference and reflect upon his subject’s life and how these individuals are perceived today.

"He was therefore a perfect choice for creating a contemporary representation of Andrew Carnegie."

Born in 1835 in Dunfermline, Carnegie was a great industrialist who became the world's richest man after making his fortune in the USA.

In later life, the steel king became known for his acts of philanthropy, including gifting Pittencrieff Park to the people of Dunfermline, building the Peace Palace in The Hague and funding more than 2,500 libraries.

He died on August 11, 1919.

Commissioning portraits of Carnegie is something of a tradition.

In 1981, the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh co-commissioned the now famous portrait from Andy Warhol.

Prior to that, to mark the centenary of his birth in 1935, the Carnegie Corporation of New York commissioned artist Francis Luis Mora to paint his portrait, copies of which were distributed to all Carnegie libraries.

Mr Colvin will be creating his portrait on site at the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum between Monday, October 7, and Monday, November 25.

Visitors are invited to come and see the portrait taking shape as well as to cast their vote on what museum artefact should be included in the work.

Kirke Kook, curator at the museum, said: “While discussing the project with Calum Colvin, we felt that in addition to his interpretation of Carnegie’s life and legacy, the portrait should also include an element chosen by our visitors.

"We are therefore inviting visitors to vote on which of the objects that are on display in the museum, in their opinion, best embody Andrew Carnegie’s life and legacy."