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 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 has 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.

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.

Exhibitions and appearances

  • The Courier Weekend
    • ‘I got goosebumps’: Why a Dundee surgeon painted an artistic tribute to his NHS colleagues during lockdown’ – Saturday 12th December 2020
  • Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Week
    • ‘Trauma’ – painting featured during Facebook Live transmission on Sky TV – Sunday 6th December 2020
  • The Scottish Parliament
    • ‘Alastair Faulkner and Art from the Healthcare Frontline – motion ref. S5M-23488’ – Wednesday 25th November 2020
  • BBC News
    • ‘Dundee trauma surgeon celebrates NHS colleagues in new artwork’ – Thursday 19th November 2020
  • The Sunday Post
    • ‘NHS lifesavers’ toil on canvas: Surgeon unveils powerful portrait of his colleague on trauma ward’ – Sunday 15th November 2020
  • The Courier 
    • ‘Dundee surgeon’s stunning artwork to be included in NHS charity book’ – Wednesday 11th November 2020
  • Portrait for NHS Heroes Book
    • Published by Bloomsbury Caravel
  • The Guardian Weekend
    • ‘Seeing the painting helped me heal’: the NHS workers captured on canvas – Saturday 7th November 2020
  • Healthcare Heroes, Online Exhibition
    • Portrait for NHS Heroes
  • Paisley Art Institute, 132nd Annual Open Exhibition, Paisley, Scotland
    • 25th July 2020 – 6th September 2020
  • Inside Central Station, Episode 3, Glasgow, Scotland – portrait of JFK featured in the documentary
    • 17th May 2020
  • British Orthopaedic Trainee Association Gala Dinner Auction, Edinburgh, Scotland – on behalf of World Orthopaedic Concern
    • 28th November 2019
  • Grand Central Hotel Portrait Competition, Glasgow, Scotland 
    • 27th August 2019
  • The Dundee Art Fair, Dundee, Scotland
    • 24th-26th May 2019
  • British Orthopaedic Trainee Association Gala Dinner Auction, Newcastle, England 
    • 15th November 2018
  • Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2018, Fountain’s Abbey, Yorkshire. Wild Card Episode 1
    • October 2018
  • Art Baho Barcelona, Spain Expo, Barcelona
    • 22nd – 26th September 2018
  • Glasgow Contemporary Art Fair, Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, Glasgow 
    • 11th-13th May 2018
  • Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2018, Wallace Collection, London. Contestant Heat 8 
    • January – March 2018
  • Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, London
    • November 2008 – February 2009