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

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - GRAEME STRA­CHAN gstra­chan@the­courier.co.uk

“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

Pic­ture: Dougie Ni­col­son.

Liam at Mackay Boat Builders with a print of his painting, Star Trek At The V&A. Right: two of his pre­vi­ous filmthemed works.

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