About this artwork

Born in Selkirk, Scott Hutchison was a founder member, frontman and main songwriter of the indie band Frightened Rabbit. He also performed in other musical collectives and as the solo artist Owl John. Frightened Rabbit are one of the most successful bands to come out of Scotland in the last ten years and their cultural impact and legacy continues to extend widely throughout the creative community. As a songwriter, Hutchison wrote about depression, anxiety and self-doubt. In May 2018 Hutchison took his own life. After his death his family talked about raising awareness of mental health: 'Scott battled bravely with his own issues for many years and we are immensely proud of him for being so open with his struggles. His willingness to discuss these matters in the public domain undoubtedly raised awareness of mental health issues and gave others confidence and belief to discuss their own issues.' Ryan McGoverne first saw Frightened Rabbit play live in 2008 and 'fell a bit in love with them that night.' McGoverne wrote about this image: 'I love this portrait because it captures something important in Scott's character, he was a raconteur on stage, his legendary banter in between songs was just as great and enriching as his songs. He looks happy here, wide eyed and talking to the audience. At home.'

Ryan McGoverne

Ryan McGoverne