Angus artist behind Minnie the Minx is celebrated

An exhibition of Kirriemuir-born artist Jim Petrie’s work, including examples of his pages drawn for iconic titles the Sparky, the Beano and the Dandy, has opened in Dundee.

Examples of Jim’s exemplary technique across many artistic mediums are on display, but it is Minnie the Minx that takes centre stage. Jim’s trademark style brought verve and movement to his drawings and life to the cartoon strip.

This reporter enjoyed a long and happy association with Jim: “I first met him in 1985, when I was an office junior with the Beano, and I’d already known and admired his artwork from reading the comic as a child.

“Despite his talent and ability looming large in my young mind, Jim was exceptionally friendly and approachable. Before long we were working directly together on ‘Fatty Fudge’ strips and later Minnie herself.

“I wrote the scripts for nearly 300 of Jim’s 2000 total and it was a real highlight of my professional life.

Our working relationship on Minnie ended when I joined the Dandy staff in 1997, but Jim and I remained firm friends and socialised together often. He was an exceptional artist and an exceptional human being, a real pleasure to be around.”

Angus County Press stalwart, Gordon Cook, also had a long-standing association with Jim, being the writer of anarchic strip ‘The Sparky People’ in the comic of the same name.

He said: “When I left the Sparky, Jim painted me a wonderful portrait of another Minnie, the tea lady from the strip.

“It’s great to see this exhibition of Jim’s art and see some of our work together on the walls!”

The exhibition, at the University of Dundee’s Lamb Gallery, runs until September 19 and will be open from 9.30am-8.30pm on weekdays and from 9.30am-4.30pm on Saturdays.