Single 14 x 14 cm square postcard featuring Doddie Weir, OBE b. 1970. Rugby Player by Gerard M Burns on loan to the National Galleries of Scotland collection.
This portrait shows former rugby union player Doddie Weir standing in the Scottish Borders where he grew up, with the Eildon Hills near Melrose behind him. Weir played for Stewart’s Melville RFC, Melrose RFC, Newcastle Falcons and the Border Reivers. He earned sixty-one caps for Scotland between 1990 and 2000.
In 2017 Weir was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease (MND). He set up the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation which raises funds to aid research into the causes of MND and makes grants to individuals suffering from MND to enable them to live as fulfilled a life as possible. In this portrait he wears one of his famous suits in the Doddie’5 Tartan.
Gerard M. Burns (born 13 June 1961) is a Scottish painter and musician. One of Scotland’s best known portrait artists, Burns has been heralded as one of the country’s leading artists of the human condition, playing a pivotal role in promoting the genre
Image credit line: On long-term loan from the Weir family in 2019
Copyright:© the Weir family and My Name'5 Doddie Foundation