Chance to See Alasdair Gray ‘Life’s Work’ Retrospective at Kelvingrove Art
Gallery and Museum
major ‘life’s work’ retrospective dedicated to the Scottish artist, Alasdair
Gray, being held at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum will close on Sunday 22
February. Fans of his work, keen to see
more than 100 paintings spanning the artist’s full career are being encouraged
to catch the show before it finishes. A
programme of informal talks and tours of the exhibition will take place on
Friday 13 and Saturday 14 February.
Alasdair Gray: From the Personal to the Universal brings together many
of his most famous works for the first time.
On show together are some of his most definitive and best-loved works,
including paintings from his private estate and loans from public and private
collections around the world. Over
15,000 people have taken in the exhibition since it opened in October 2014.
This retrospective charts
Gray's visual development from his early years at The Glasgow School of Art,
through a landscape period before exploring his love of murals. Several portrait commissions will be shown
publically for the first time, together with personal paintings of his friends
Alasdair Gray said: “I’ve been over-whelmed by the positive
response to my Retrospective and to the warmth shown to me by those who have
taken in the exhibition. I’m looking
forward to visiting the exhibition at Kelvingrove one last time before it
Councillor Archie Graham, Chair of Glasgow Life
said: “Alasdair often attributes many happy memories to his time spent at
weekend art classes in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Therefore it is a very great honour to be
hosting this unique retrospective at Kelvingrove. Over 15,000 people
have already enjoyed this wonderful exhibition and we know many more of his
fans will flock to the museum over the coming days before it closes.”
enthusiasts will deliver a programme of informal talks and tours of the
exhibition as part of the museum’s popular Friday Focus and Saturday Spotlight
programme. These will take place on
Friday 13 and Saturday 14 February. They
are aimed at adult visitors interested in more in-depth information on the
artist, their techniques and the collections.
All activities are free with an admission ticket to the exhibition.
Alasdair Gray: From
the Personal to the Universal is the central element of the Alasdair Gray
Season 2014 – 2015, staged in his home city in celebration of his recent 80th
birthday in December. The Season,
focusing on the artist’s visual work, includes a further exhibition at GoMA, together
with previous shows at The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow Print Studio and Taigh
Chearsabhagh on the Isle of Uist, together.
by Sorcha Dallas, it is the most comprehensive show of his work to date, showcasing
such key paintings as Cowcaddens
(1964), Night Street Self Portrait (1953) and the 'City Recorder'
series (1977). As part of the
exhibition, the artist will also unveil in Spring 2015 a major new commission
of Saint Mungo, the patron Saint of Glasgow, which will then be displayed in St
Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, Glasgow.
Born in Glasgow in 1934, Alasdair Gray is one
of Scotland’s most multitalented artists.
Renowned as one of the country’s greatest living novelists, the author
of groundbreaking works including Lanark
(1981), he is also a distinguished painter, poet and playwright. As well as illustrating his own works, he is
a remarkable portrait and mural painter.