Fame and the Fisherman

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The Lonely Piper
Born Inverness 1975/ Rannoch Moor, 1999

Fame and the Fisherman, 2008/2011
Black vinyl matte emulsion, white pigment and polyurethane varnish on shaped MDF

Purchased with the assistance of the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland, 2011
Museum number 2011-46-1

The Lonely Piper first appeared in the artist's film ‘I can’t play the bagpipes’ in 1999, and his work has been created under the nom de plume of The Lonely Piper ever since.

Fame and the Fisherman comprises a poetic statement captured in a spider’s web, two photographs of sunshine glinting on a river and a supporting text about a burnt-out film star who returns to his home, only to believe that he has been tracked down by the paparazzi whilst salmon fishing.

The piece is the largest and most important work produced by The Lonely Piper to date. It is poignant and witty. It is both a wry comment on our contemporary obsession with celebrity, and a homage to the redemptive power of fishing, yet remains rooted within the romantic landscape tradition.

Fame and the Fisherman
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