A GROUP of Scottish artists, as well as famous comedian Phill Jupitus, have joined forces for a collage-inspired art exhibition in Gullane.

The eight artists were assembled by Alan Rae, owner of Fidra Fine Art and a long-term fan of the art of collage, to create an exhibition for October and November.

Alan said: “I asked eight artists whose work I admire to create work for the exhibition, which runs until November 21.

“It’s been a fascinating exercise watching the collages come in. By having them all in the same room, I’m hoping people will find it interesting to compare the different styles and be inspired.”

Fife-based comedian-turned-art-student Jupitus is currently in his third year at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in Dundee.

He said: “The best thing about collage is the speed at which you can work with colour, form and narrative.

“I love the work of collage artists like Peter Blake.

“What’s great about his art is the deeper eye he has for connection and context.

“There’s a vivid flighty playfulness working alongside really concrete intention. Unexpected stories emerge as you construct a collage. It’s a compelling medium.”

Glasgow-based artist Alastair Strachan’s collages evolve from quick line drawings and develop by layering coloured papers created from leftover paint from his palette.

Karen Thomson, an Edinburgh-based ceramic artist, incorporates a variety of patterns, surface texture, forms and colour accents into ceramic plates.

John Caldwell Brown is better known as a painter.

He said: “Sometimes collage is a means to an end.

“Other times it’s an end in itself.

“I enjoy the magpie approach of finding the right piece in a studio full of possibilities.”

Collage also features new work from Borders-born Alfons Bytautas.

The renowned printmaker attended Edinburgh College of Art from 1972 to 1976 before going on to Paris to study at Atelier 17, the studio of acclaimed Modernist printmaker Stanley William Hayter.

Bytautas was master printmaker at Edinburgh Printmakers’ Workshop from 1979 to 2009 and is world-recognised as an innovator in printmaking techniques.

The gallery is open 11am-4pm daily.