Michael McVeigh was born in 1957 in the post-war council estate of Lochee, Dundee located on the north west of the city, one of five children. He left school with no formal qualifications; however he wanted to be an artist and so began, unannounced, going to classes at Duncan of Jordanstone Art College, his presence being challenged eventually. James Morrison, then one of the lecturers, formalised his position and accepted him as a full-time student based only on his drawings and painting.

Since moving to Edinburgh in 1982 McVeigh has become a familiar figure seen regularly working in the city and until recently, had a stall on Rose Street selling his ‘lizard’ prints. ‘Lizard’ is his spelling of ‘laser’– colour copies of his original works, for sale at an affordable price. Life as a street artist has brought a certain amount of unwanted celebrity status, especially in recent years, becoming a cult figure sought out by the city’s stag and hen parties, eventually having to limit tourists to ‘one photo only’. His works are held in both public and private collections including town halls, pubs, fishmongers and a number of municipal and national institutions.

Michael McVeigh will be the subject of a solo exhibition in July 2018.

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  • Princes Street Gardens
    Michael McVeigh

    Princes Street Gardens

    2018
    oil on canvas
    H:50cm W:70cm
    £2825
  • Canongate Kirk and Path
    Michael McVeigh

    Canongate Kirk and Path

    etching, edition 5 of 10
    H:44.5cm W:49.5cm
    £250 (unframed)
  • Greenside Church, Calton Hill
    Michael McVeigh

    Greenside Church, Calton Hill

    pencil drawing
    H:52.5cm W:64.5cm
    £1500
  • Greenside Church, Calton Hill, Spring
    Michael McVeigh

    Greenside Church, Calton Hill, Spring

    2018
    oil on canvas
    H:50cm W:70cm
    £2825
  • Conan Doyle
    Michael McVeigh

    Conan Doyle

    2018
    oil on canvas
    H:41cm W:49.5cm
    £2500
  • The Highland Tolbooth
    Michael McVeigh

    The Highland Tolbooth

    2018
    oil on canvas
    H:50cm W:61cm
    £2750
  • The Ghost Bus, High Street
    Michael McVeigh

    The Ghost Bus, High Street

    2018
    oil on board
    H:37cm W:56.5cm
    £1600
  • St. Marys
    Michael McVeigh

    St. Marys

    2018
    oil on canvas
    H:61cm W:50cm
    Sold
  • St. Andrews Fishermen
    Michael McVeigh

    St. Andrews Fishermen

    2018
    oil on canvas
    H:50cm W:61cm
    £2750
  • Spring Time, Princes Street Gardens
    Michael McVeigh

    Spring Time, Princes Street Gardens

    2018
    oil on board
    H:48cm W:60cm
    £2650
  • Pink Blossom, Princes Street
    Michael McVeigh

    Pink Blossom, Princes Street

    2018
    oil on board
    H:42.5cm W:60.5cm
    Sold
  • Leith Walk from Calton Hill
    Michael McVeigh

    Leith Walk from Calton Hill

    2018
    oil on stencil paper
    H:27cm W:42cm
    £1300
  • Greyfriars Kirkyard II
    Michael McVeigh

    Greyfriars Kirkyard II

    2018
    oil on canvas
    H:50cm W:71cm
    £2825
  • Greyfriars Kirkyard I
    Michael McVeigh

    Greyfriars Kirkyard I

    2018
    oil on stencil paper
    H:40.5cm W:50cm
    £1750
  • Fife Fishing Villages
    Michael McVeigh

    Fife Fishing Villages

    2018
    oil on stencil paper
    H:40.5cm W:50cm
    Sold
  • Conan Doyle, Winter
    Michael McVeigh

    Conan Doyle, Winter

    2018
    oil on stencil paper
    H:31cm W:45cm
    £1450
  • Berwick Upon Tweed
    Michael McVeigh

    Berwick Upon Tweed

    2018
    coloured etching, edition of 20
    H:29cm W:44cm
    £325
  • Near Easter Road
    Michael McVeigh

    Near Easter Road

    2018
    oil on canvas
    H:50cm W:69.5cm
    Sold
  • Edinburgh Castle from The Caledonian
    Michael McVeigh

    Edinburgh Castle from The Caledonian

    2018
    oil on paper
    H:52.5cm W:66cm
    Sold
  • Fishing Scene
    Michael McVeigh

    Fishing Scene

    2014
    oil on stencil paper
    H:20.5cm W:28cm
    £1100
  • The Horse Chestnut Tree, London Road, 2017
    Michael McVeigh

    The Horse Chestnut Tree, London Road, 2017

    2017
    pencil and crayon on paper
    H:52cm W:66.5cm
    Sold
  • Elm Row
    Michael McVeigh

    Elm Row

    pencil and crayon on paper
    H:52cm W:66.5cm
    £1650
  • The Gardener’s Cottage
    Michael McVeigh

    The Gardener’s Cottage

    2017
    oil on canvas
    H:60cm W:73cm
    £2750 framed
  • The Canongate
    Michael McVeigh

    The Canongate

    2017
    oil on canvas
    H:60cm W:73cm
    £2750 framed
  • Greenside
    Michael McVeigh

    Greenside

    2017
    oil on canvas
    H:60cm W:73cm
    £2750 framed
  • Canongate Kirk
    Michael McVeigh

    Canongate Kirk

    oil on canvas
    H:60cm W:73cm
    £2750 framed
  • Rooftops in the Winter
    Michael McVeigh

    Rooftops in the Winter

    2015
    mixed media on paper
    H:53cm W:67cm
    £2,450
  • McVeigh painting on location
    Michael McVeigh

    McVeigh painting on location

  • Late Autumn, Edinburgh
    Michael McVeigh

    Late Autumn, Edinburgh

    2015
    oil on stencil paper
    H:30cm W:50cm
    £1,450