DUNFERMLINE'S Outwith Festival has announced a new exhibition as part of its 2023 visual arts line-up.

Francis Macdonald, who drums for Glasgow's Teenage Fanclub, has ventured into visual art, drawing portraits of people who inspire him.

His first solo exhibition will be on display in The Workshop space next to Abbot House throughout the music and arts festival.

Francis' range of portraits include cultural icons such as Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Shane McGowan, Monserrat Caballé, Oliver Reed and more.

He said: “I’ve enjoyed finding out about this side of myself.

"I take inspiration from all sorts of people - Quentin Blake, Willie Sutherland, Harry Pye, Stuart Murphy, John Byrne, the late Alasdair Gray, Picasso, Matisse.

"I value JD Fergusson’s suggestion to 'never correct a sketch, just make another, keep at it.'"

Francis also composes music for film and television.

He has worked with a range of artists including Alex Chilton, Dan Penn, Kevin Ayers, Edwyn Collins, Ian McCulloch, Laura Cantrell, Belle and Sebastian, Camera Obscura, Max Richter, The Vaselines, Julie Fowlis, The Scottish Festival Orchestra and soloists from Scottish Ensemble.

In January 2022, aged 51 and with the encouragement of some artist friends, Francis began drawing portraits in pencil and sharing them online.

Positive feedback unlocked more confidenc and he now makes some time every day to create art using different media including charcoal, watercolour, ink and wash and oil pastels.

He added: "More than anything I’ve discovered the joy of drawing and the priceless value of an encouraging word or a pat on the back."

Francis’ exhibition, Everyday Art, opens to the public on September 1 and will run throughout Outwith Festival until Sunday, September 10.

Ian Moir, who runs the visual arts programme for Outwith, said: "Francis is a gifted artist who adds significant value to the festival. "Although he’s relatively new to this medium, his drawings are highly sensitive which allows the viewer to connect with the subject."