Art dealer Mal­colm Innes has re­opened his Perth city cen­tre gallery 40 years af­ter he moved out.

PERTH: Lead­ing art dealer back in his old Fair City gallery with pop-up pro­ject he de­scribes as ‘fun ex­per­i­ment’

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - Pic­ture: Steve MacDougall.

An art dealer has re­opened his Perth city cen­tre gallery, more than 40 years af­ter he moved out.

Mal­colm Innes, one of the coun­try’s lead­ing spe­cial­ists in sport­ing and mil­i­tary paint­ings, is back at his old shop in Ge­orge Street. He called the new pop-up pro­ject a “fun ex­per­i­ment”, af­ter more than three decades run­ning gal­leries in Lon­don and Ed­in­burgh.

Mr Innes, 79, re­tired in 2003 but was de­lighted to get the chance to re­turn to his old stomp­ing ground.

“I have fond me­mories of work­ing here in Ge­orge Street in the 1970s,” he said. “It was a very dif­fer­ent place but it was al­ways a great lo­ca­tion for a gallery.

“I knew the build­ing had been empty for a wee while af­ter Jame­son and Mackay solic­i­tors left. I spoke to the owner and got a good deal on it.”

He said: “The rea­sons for do­ing this are many. Firstly, Perth no longer has a shop ex­clu­sively sell­ing tra­di­tional, hon­est and mainly Scot­tish paint­ings, wa­ter­colours and prints. Sec­ondly, deal­ing in art is a dis­ease. Not a ter­mi­nal one but one that is al­most im­pos­si­ble to get rid of com­pletely.”

He added: “It is the thrill of buy­ing a work of art, the sat­is­fac­tion in restor­ing and re­fram­ing a pic­ture to im­prove its pre­sen­ta­tion or the plea­sure of plac­ing it with, hope­fully, a sat­is­fied cus­tomer. Those are the perks of work­ing at a hobby.”

Mr Innes, who lives at Kil­spindie, will be joined at the gallery by de­signer Iona Drum­mond Mo­ray. She worked for 16 years at a soft fur­nish­ing and dec­o­rat­ing em­po­rium in Auchter­arder, and has helped trans­form homes and ho­tels in Bri­tain, Europe and the Mid­dle East.

She will use the gallery to show­case re­stored an­tique fur­ni­ture, light­ing, ob­jets d’art and soft fur­nish­ings.

Mr Innes said: “I will be 80 in a cou­ple of months’ time and I don’t want to be tied to this busi­ness for­ever. But this could be a great op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple who are up and com­ing in the in­dus­try. We could see some chang­ing faces in here. If it goes well, we might stick around for some time.”

This could be a great op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple who are up and com­ing in the in­dus­try

Pic­ture: Steve MacDougall.

Mal­colm Innes and Iona Drum­mond Mo­ray, top, at the new gallery and, above, Mr Innes ear­lier on in a ca­reer that has seen him be­come a renowned spe­cial­ist in sport­ing and mil­i­tary paint­ings.

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