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

2016

Tate Britain, London, England

2013

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

2013

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

2005

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

2005

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

2004

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

1999

Works: Pure and Political, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany

1995

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Works

A/Or, Unit, Signs
Crate Furniture for Sans-Culottes
Cubes
Je vous salue Marat
Julie Inscription
Kapitell
Thermidor
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)

Ian Hamilton Finlay

Julie Inscription
Julie Inscription, 1988
Oak wood
ca. 38 x 111 x 36 cm