Ian Hamilton Finlay

Ian Hamilton Finlay, Je vous salue Marat, 1989

Ian Hamilton Finlay (1925–2006) was at once an artist, poet, sculptor and landscape designer, who studied at the Glasgow School of Art before joining the Royal Army Service Corps in 1942. After the war, he produced paintings and poems while working as a shepherd, before founding Wild Hawthorn Press in 1961 with Jessie McGuffie, publishing contemporary poetry as well as his own. Within a few years, he established himself as one of the leading concrete poets in Britain, and his publications still play a key role in the diffusion of his visual work.

Institutional exhibitions

Poet and Publisher, Weserburg, Museum für moderne Kunst, Bremen, Germany


Tate Britain, London, England


Poet, Artist, Revolutionary, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, Scotland


Sentences, Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, Scotland


The Philosophers Garden, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland


Art of the Garden, Tate Britain, London, England (group show)


Variations on different themes, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain


Works: Pure and Political, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany


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A/Or, Unit, Signs
Crate Furniture for Sans-Culottes
Je vous salue Marat
Julie Inscription
Necktank (with Michael Harvey)
Apollo and Daphne after Bernini (with Ron Costley)
4 Posters against the Scottish Arts Council (with Nicholas Sloan): a. Pereant, b. Concilium, c. Mors, d. Pax
After Bernini(with Gary Hincks) lt. Kat. Schwäbisch Hall m. John R. Nash (27.6.2016)
Bal des Victimes
Matisse chez Duplay             (with Julie Farthing)
L'Ami du Peuple
Le Tombeau de Rousseau au Panthéon (with Gary Hincks)