Hannibal sketcher – Anthony Hopkins art on show

A COLLECTION of art by Oscar-winning actor Sir Anthony Hopkins is to go on show in Scotland.

Sir Anthony is a keen painter and the exhibition will consist mainly of portraits and landscapes.

The 50 paintings will be exhibited at The Dome bar in Edinburgh for five days in March.

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Sir Anthony, best known for his role as serial killer Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs, said: "When I paint, I just paint freely without anxiety regarding outside opinions as criticisms. I do it for sheer pleasure.

"It's done wonders for my for my sub conscious. I dream now in colours".

The organiser of the exhibition, Jonathan Poole, said: "It is very exciting to have Sir Anthony Hopkins' work. This exhibition gives people the chance to see a different side of Sir Anthony in terms of his artistry and also his unique personality."

In 2006, Sir Anthony's paintings shown at a California gallery sold for more than $6,000 (3,700).

The Welsh actor's next film – The Wolfman, also starring Emily Blunt and Benicio del Toro – is due for release in cinemas next month.

After opening in London on 16 February, the collection will move to Edinburgh on 2 March.