Captain Kirk: “Bones. What’s that place across the water?” Bones: “It’s Fife Jim, but not as we know it...” Artist Liam Stewart has beamed down the cast of Star Trek to pay the V&A Museum a visit. Picture: Dougie Nicolson.
ARBROATH: Artist back at easel to create another movie-based masterpiece
“It’s a museum Jim, but not as we know it...”
Captain James T Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise have beamed down for a special visit to Dundee’s V&A.
The original cast of the cult 1960s show took time out from their five-year mission to explore the city’s newest waterfront attraction ahead of its September opening.
The man responsible for bringing the characters to the City of Discovery is blacksmith-turned-artist Liam Stewart from Arbroath.
Liam, who works at Mackay Boat Builders, previously brought Star Wars, Transformers, Batman, The Avengers and flesh-eating zombies to Arbroath in a series of paintings that sparked two exhibitions at the town’s library.
The 40-year-old’s latest creation was commissioned by Ron Watson who wanted ‘Star Trek at the V&A’ for his sister’s birthday. Liam said: “Over the years I’ve been altering fire flumes and surrounds for him. Until my first show, he had no idea I also painted.
“I was really happy with how the painting turned out, as, I have to admit, painting the V&A was a challenge, what with all the straight lines, angles and reflections in the windows.
“I can go on and on...it’s not a straightforward building and I’ve actually come to appreciate its design.
“Painting the original Star Trek characters was another challenge in its own right and I’m expecting a lot of scrutiny, knowing there are a lot of Trekkies out there.
“Some people may wonder why I put poor Sulu back there but I honestly felt it would be a shame to cover that section of the V&A.”
Liam is also considering donating a large version of the painting to the V&A ahead of its opening.
“I’m sure if Star Trek ever came to the V&A, it wouldn’t phase them as it has that futuristic feel to it,” he said.
“The Star Trek prints are now for sale through my Facebook page and I have to say that the commission work that has been coming in has been amazing.
“I decided not to do an exhibition this year and chill out a bit but I’ve never stopped and I’m absolutely delighted with how things are going.”
“I’m sure if Star Trek ever came to the V&A, it wouldn’t phase them as it has that futuristic feel to it
Liam at Mackay Boat Builders with a print of his painting, Star Trek At The V&A. Right: two of his previous filmthemed works.