My bicycle collection

Posted by John on

I now have several screenprints featuring bicycles – all of them also featuring Scottish favourite Oor Wullie.

They are:

Oor Wullie gets his bike out from the shed,

Oor Wullie and Fat Bob on a bike,

Oor Wullie cycles along, with a satchel on the front,

Oor Wullie comes off his bike.

These are all available in my small format, ie 26cms x 19cms for £40 unframed. The fourth one is also available in my medium format, for £145 unframed. Please email me at if you would like the others in this medium size or my large format, 76cms x 56cms.

The panels are taken from The Sunday Post, Dundee, which has been carrying strips featuring Oor Wullie – and his sister strip The Broons – since 1936. I am the first and only screenprinter with permission to use the images of The Broons and Oor Wullie in my work.

Oor Wullie’s characteristics are spiky hair, dungarees and he often sits on an upturned bucket to sum up his situation for us.
The strip was originally drawn by the legendary draftsman Dudley D. Watkins, who continued to draw the characters until his death in 1969. They are still appearing every week in The Sunday Post.
I especially enjoy using Watkins’s panels in my screenprints as they were drawn so well – he took great pains to give each panel a well balanced composition. And with just a few lines he was able to give a huge range of expressions to his characters.
The Broons and Oor Wullie have become hugely popular across Scotland – and often seem to regarded as part of Scots’ extended families.
I love the stories for their invention and the language that the characters use – it’s full of Scottish turns of phrase which you don’t often see elsewhere.
The Broons and Oor Wullie are known to every Scot – wherever they may be. Many of my customers are Scots or the children or grandchildren of Scots who live outside Scotland.

Best, John


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