The daughter of a renowned Ayrshire artist has spoken of her pride ahead of the launch of an exhibition of her dad’s work.

The family of Alasdair Taylor, from Portencross, known across Scotland for his distinctive portraits and abstract art, have lobbied for an exhibition of his work since he died in 2007.

Now more than 100 pieces of his work will be shown in Ayr’s Maclaurin Gallery from Saturday, July 22 to Sunday, September 3.

Alasdair trained at the Glasgow School of Art, winning the prestigious Governor's Prize for his painting.

He married Dane Annelise and after spells living in Denmark and Glasgow, they moved with their two young daughters, Anna and Jean, to Northbank Cottage in a field near Portencross.

The cottage lacked electricity and other basic amenities but he continued to paint and built a following, appearing on a BBC Scope documentary and exhibiting in galleries around Scotland.

Sadly Alasdair suffered a major stroke in 2005 which rendered him unable to continue living alone, with Annelise having died some 13 years before.

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Since then Anna and Jean have been the keepers of his amazing archive of paintings, and along with Alasdair’s good friend, author James Kelman, they have lobbied for a retrospective of his work.

Daughter Jean Camplisson says it will be a proud moment for the whole family to showcase the full works of her father to Scotland.

She said: “The only real exhibitions of his work since his death have been a joint exhibition with Alasdair Gray at Glasgow School of Art in 2008 and an exhibition in Irvine just after he died.

“It was amazing but it wasn’t as big as this one, which will have all his different styles on show, and visitors will learn a lot more about his life and influences.

“We had no money, so he would paint on anything he could get his hands on.

"We believe it’s a pretty unique story.

“He wasn’t recognised at the time, whereas others were, so it will be a proud moment, and quite moving because it is so personal.”

Jean reveals the exhibition will pay a special focus on her mum, who she says was a huge inspiration for her dad’s work.

She said: “We wanted to recognise and celebrate my mum Annelise's input as she very much inspired him and kept the show on the road.

“When he met my mum down in London they were totally besotted by each other, and moving to Denmark to be with her after art school really allowed him to start experimenting.

“She really allowed him to work on his paintings, and she would be the one who cycled up and down to West Kilbride from our Portencross cottage to buy provisions.

“I was two years old when we moved there, and we didn’t get any electricity until I was in my 20s, so I’d say it was a pretty significant time in life for all of us.”