In 2009, Ian Moir kickstarted the campaign to convert the Art Deco Fire Station in Dunfermline into a high profile, contemporary arts venue. He now works their full time as managing director, curator and artist.
“I’ve worked as an oil painter all my adult life. I don’t think of career highlights but more in terms of a long upward progress. I’ve enjoyed exhibiting in my hometown as much as I have in Edinburgh, London or abroad. I see each project as an opportunity to learn, to change my perspective on the world and to meet new people. Although I published a literary anthology in 2011, which was very rewarding, my involvement with Fire Station Creative has made the biggest impact upon my life. These are things we have achieved as a community.”
On his creative process:
“I’m always trying to realize a vision that has first appeared in my mind's eye or in my dreams. I want to impress people with it. Over the course of our lives we develop tunnel vision, so I wish to widen the consciousness of the viewer by giving them a new experience, a new outlook. I believe that art has the power to put silence in a room and reconnect people with their own soul."
"I also have a keen interest in archaic cultures and pay close attention to how these people interpreted their existence through cave art, petroglyphs and architecture. I am fascinated by wildlife and want to show how art builds a bridge between the natural world and our imagination.”
Ian was brought up in Dunfermline, Fife where he still lives today. He graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2000 and in 2011 he won the ‘City of Glasgow Prize’ at the Royal Glasgow Institute for The Fine Arts.