A poignant black and white mural of late Dundee singer Billy MacKenzie has appeared on a building in Stobswell — the latest piece in an ongoing art project that has captured the imagination of residents.
The image of the Associates frontman is next to the Boomerang Community Centre, part of the OpenClose Dundee artworks currently being painted on doors and buildings in the area.
The stunning portrait is being created by Stobswell-based artist Garry Milne, 34.
He said: “I usually paint black and white portraits of music icons such as Prince and David Bowie, but I’ve been wanting to do Billy MacKenzie for some time.
“I live in Stobswell and Billy is so well-loved in Dundee, so when I heard about the OpenClose project it just seemed like the perfect opportunity.”
Billy took his own life in 1997 aged just 39, after a battle with depression following the death of his mother.
A Hilltown boy, his family owned shops in Stobswell and Billy is closely connected to the area.
He attended St Mary’s Forebank Primary School and St Michael’s Secondary School before his blossoming music career took him abroad.
The rocker’s cousin Paula MacKenzie said the painting was a fitting tribute to the singer who “was loved by everyone”.
Paula, 50, a foster carer, said: “It’s absolutely amazing that someone has done this.
“I just think it’s wonderful. Billy really deserves it as he was such a lovely lad.
“It really pulls at your heart strings and brings a tear to your eye. I think the tribute will reflect his music and just how great a guy he was.
“When you consider that it’s 21 years since he died, it doesn’t seem real.”
OpenClose Dundee aims to brighten up forgotten corners of the city prone to vandalism, opening them up to the public and encouraging people to explore places they may not normally go.
The latest instalment is taking place across Stobswell and walking tours of the new designs will start on May 5 during Stobsfest 2018.