Artist / Surgeon

My name is Alastair Faulkner and I’m an artist based in Dundee on Scotland’s glorious east coast. My day job is slightly different as I’m training to be a trauma and orthopaedic surgeon. I graduated with a degree in Medicine from The University of Edinburgh in 2012 and became a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (MRCSEd) in 2016. I currently work in NHS Tayside.

As a largely self-taught artist, my last art qualification was a GCSE in Art and Design at Secondary School obtained in 2004. After pursuing photography for many years I returned to painting in 2016 and started capturing scenes around Scotland, particularly at the extremes of the day and at night. I also enjoy the challenge of painting portraits and attempting to capture a likeness.

I have received a number of commissions to clients within the UK and abroad including Dubai, Hong Kong,  and the USA. In September 2018 I undertook a portrait and figurative painting course at the prestigious Florence Academy of Art in Italy and have been published in the World of Interiors Magazine. I have also featured on the Stories section of the V&A Dundee website in the article “Making V&A Dundee: An artist’s museum”.

I became a member of the Scottish Society of Artists in 2020. My painting “Trauma” painted during the COVID-19 pandemic has been featured on numerous online and print media including the BBC and the book “Portraits for NHS Heroes” printed by Bloomsbury.

I competed in the 2018 series of Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year and was the featured artist in Season 3, episode 1 of Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Week.

I hope you enjoy my work as much as I have producing it! For more information on my art or to commission a work drop me a line at or read my blog “Bones and Brushes” for updates.

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