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.

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  • The Horse Chestnut Tree, London Road
    Michael McVeigh

    The Horse Chestnut Tree, London Road

    2017
    pencil and crayon on paper
    H:52cm W:66.5cm
    £1650 framed
  • 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
  • Edinburgh Trees
    Michael McVeigh

    Edinburgh Trees

    2017
    mixed media
    H:17.5cm W:17.5cm
    £495
  • The Dean
    Michael McVeigh

    The Dean

    c.2014
    oil on canvas
    H:50cm W:65cm
    £2,750
  • The Family Musician
    Michael McVeigh

    The Family Musician

    c.1987
    pencil on wood
    H:53cm W:61cm
    £1,850
  • Rooftops in the Winter
    Michael McVeigh

    Rooftops in the Winter

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

    Candlemaker Row

    2015
    oil on canvas
    H:46cm W:61cm
    £2,850
  • McVeigh painting on location
    Michael McVeigh

    McVeigh painting on location

  • The Last Supper, St Giles
    Michael McVeigh

    The Last Supper, St Giles

    2015
    oil on stencil paper
    H:35cm W:50cm
    Sold
  • Late Autumn, Edinburgh
    Michael McVeigh

    Late Autumn, Edinburgh

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