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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  • Busy Day in Princes Street Gardens
    Michael McVeigh

    Busy Day in Princes Street Gardens

    2015
    mixed media
    H:52cm W:65.5cm
    £1,850
  • Candlemaker Row
    Michael McVeigh

    Candlemaker Row

    2015
    oil on canvas
    H:46cm W:61cm
    £2,850
  • Greatest Show on Earth
    Michael McVeigh

    Greatest Show on Earth

    2016
    coloured etching, unframed
    H:49.5cm W:49.5cm
    £195
  • Linlithgow
    Michael McVeigh

    Linlithgow

    2005
    etching, unframed
    H:49cm W:49cm
    £150
  • Football, Easter Road, 1980’s
    Michael McVeigh

    Football, Easter Road, 1980’s

    coloured etching
    H:32.5cm W:59cm
    £175
  • Kinghorn
    Michael McVeigh

    Kinghorn

    1985
    coloured etching
    H:22.5cm W:54cm
    £165
  • Norway Day, Edinburgh
    Michael McVeigh

    Norway Day, Edinburgh

    2015
    oil on stencil paper
    H:50cm W:66cm
    £2,650
  • Canongate Kirk and Path
    Michael McVeigh

    Canongate Kirk and Path

    etching, edition 5 of 10
    H:44.5cm W:49.5cm
    £250 (unframed)
  • Conan Doyle
    Michael McVeigh

    Conan Doyle

    2018
    oil on canvas
    H:41cm W:49.5cm
    £2500
  • Leith Walk from Calton Hill
    Michael McVeigh

    Leith Walk from Calton Hill

    2018
    oil on stencil paper
    H:27cm W:42cm
    £1300
  • 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
    £225 (unframed)
  • Fishing Scene
    Michael McVeigh

    Fishing Scene

    2014
    oil on stencil paper
    H:20.5cm W:28cm
    £1100
  • Elm Row
    Michael McVeigh

    Elm Row

    pencil and crayon on paper
    H:52cm W:66.5cm
    £1650
  • 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