Scottish legend to chart his illness through art exhibition

Edwyn Collins is set to exhibit a number of his drawings of British birds, created while he was recovering from serious illness, in a London gallery.

The exhibition, “Edwyn Collins: British Birdlife”, takes place at the Smithfield Gallery between October 21 and November 1.

Collins has long been interested in art, even training as a draughtsman before his first band Orange Juice took off, and has been particularly fascinated by the 1880 Cabinet Edition of “The History Of British Birds”.

Following his brain haemorrhage in February 2005, the singer began drawing a bird every day from October that year until the present day.

The progression shown in his drawings is described as “a diary of recovery”.

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