Jim Petrie: Minnie the Minx and More!

The late Jim Petrie


From the Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee :
Lamb Gallery, Tower Building, University of Dundee
This is a special exhibition celebrating the work of artist Jim Petrie, who died last year.    A former student of Dundee College of Art (now Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design) and Dundee Training College (now the University’s School of Education, Social Work & Community Education), Jim later became a popular art teacher at Kirkton High School but is best known as the man who drew the “world’s wildest tomboy” Minnie the Minx for 40 years in DC Thomson’s famous comic The Beano. 
The exhibition will include many of his classic Minnie artworks along with other examples of his comics art and some of Jim’s paintings and drawings, revealing the full range of his artistic talents. The show has been created with the assistance of Jim’s family and DC Thomson & Co Ltd.
The exhibition is now open and will run until 19th September – Monday to Friday 9.30am to 8.30pm and Saturday 9.30am to 4.30pm.

In Memoriam : Jim Petrie

I was really saddened to learn of the passing of Jim Petrie earlier this week.
Jim was best known for his work on The Beano‘s “Minnie the Minx”, a strip he took over from original artist Leo Baxendale in 1961 and drew for 2000 issues before his retirement in 2001.
However, it was through his involvement, in retirement, with the Magdalen Artists that I knew Jim.   He was also a leading member of the ‘silver surfer’ computer group that meets at the Mitchell Street Centre each Monday, immediately before my ward surgery there.
Jim was a lovely, warm and engaging man and he will be sadly missed.   The Beano has published a fitting tribute to Jim – “Farewell to a Comics Legend!” that you can read here.
Here’s a photo (below) I took in 2011 of Jim (centre) with the other Magdalen Artists :