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Last Chance to See Alasdair Gray Exhibition at Kelvingrove

12/02/2015
Last Chance to See Alasdair Gray ‘Life’s Work’ Retrospective at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

 

 

The 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 and family.  

 

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 closes.”

 

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.”

 

Curators and 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.

 

Devised 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.  ​

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