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Orchar Fine Art Gallery


Located in the heart of Downtown Dundee, adjacent to the new Waterfront development and close to the new V&A museum, Orchar Fine Art is Dundee’s newest art gallery. 

The gallery brings full circle a three generation love affair with the arts and celebrates a key figure in Dundee’s cultural history, the jute industrialist and prominent art collector, James Guthrie Orchar. 

Gallery owner, Laura McLean grew up in the Orchar Art Gallery in Broughty Ferry, where her father, Joe McIntyre worked as curator and she is thrilled to name the gallery after her former family home. The Orchar Gallery housed the art collection of James Guthrie Orchar, which he donated to the people of Broughty Ferry upon his death in 1898. The collection was displayed in the Beach Crescent gallery until it closed in the 1980s. Having grown up surrounded by Orchar’s magnificent collection of works by renowned artists such as Turner, Whistler and McTaggart, Laura felt that naming her gallery after James Guthrie Orchar was the natural thing to do and she is delighted to be able to have his name associated with quality contemporary art in his home city of Dundee once again.

Both of Laura's parents were artists who had met at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in the 1960s. Her own daughter, Ellen, has now followed in their footsteps by studying at DJCAD and she has designed the logo for the family business.

Three generations at Orchar Fine Art Gallery:-

Gallery owner, Laura McLean, her father, Joe McIntyre and her daughter, Ellen McLean. - Pictured at the official opening of the Gallery on Friday 29th January 2016 with Dundee's Lord Provost, Bob Duncan.


Joe McIntyre


Joe McIntyre was born in Dundee in 1940 and schooled and studied art in Dundee until 1964 when he graduated in Fine Art from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art. He was thereafter awarded a Post Graduate Scholarship and a Royal Scottish Academy Bursary in 1965. 


Joe won the RSA Students Prize, was Principal Prize Winner in the Open Painting Competition, Arbroath in 1969 and again in 1971, and The Pernod Open Painting Competition in 1973. This was followed by The Robert Colquhoun Art Prize in 1975 and The Arts Council Award in 1981.


Since 1972 Joe has taught part-time at The Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee and has split his time between that and painting professionally. 


He is a regular exhibitor in many Scottish galleries and has shown his work in a number of prestigious galleries in London and also in the USA.


His work is present in many important public and private collections including HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, HRH The Late Princess Margaret, The Lincoln Centre New York, Pernod London, The Scottish Arts Council and The Fine Art Society London. 


Joe is inspired by the American Realist Edward Hopper whose work he finds evocative and captivating.

"Evening In The City - The Red Cafe, London"

Oil On Canvas Panel - 100cm x 75cm

"Summer In The City - Cox's Stack From The Law"

Oil On Canvas  - 50cm x 100cm

"Low Winter Sun - Arbroath Harbour"

Oil On Canvas Panel  - 30cm x 20cm

"Still Life With Knife"

Oil On Canvas Panel  - 30cm x 20cm

"Gigs Restaurant, London"

Oil On Canvas Panel - 29cm x 28cm

"Leaving The Dance Hall - The Rock & Roll Years"

Oil On Canvas Panel - 44cm x 38cm

"Low Winter Sun - Logie Street, Dundee" 

Oil On Canvas Panel - 20cm x 20cm

"Sunshine and Shadow, Dundee"

Oil on Canvas Panel - 90cm x 75cm