Marine: Ian Hamilton Finlay

City Art Centre

Ian Hamilton Finlay (1925-2006) was an internationally renowned Scottish artist and also Britain’s most significant concrete poet of the 20th century. This major exhibition focuses on the maritime theme in Finlay’s work. It was a central element of his art, and one to which he returned throughout his life.

Drawn from the artist’s estate and the City Art Centre’s collection, and including loans from the National Galleries of Scotland, this exhibition showcases artworks from across several decades, ranging from stone, wood and neon sculptures to tapestry. The show also features prints, postcards and booklets from Finlay’s Wild Hawthorn Press, capturing Finlay’s interest in nautical themes across a variety of media.

On show alongside Marine: Ian Hamilton Finlay are photographs from the series Ian’s Fleet by Robin Gillanders, which the City Art Centre has recently acquired for its collection. This sequence of black and white silver gelatin prints capture a fleet of wooden model boats made by Finlay, floating on Lochan Eck, the pond at Little Sparta. Little Sparta is the garden at Stonypath, in the Pentland Hills, where Finlay lived and worked for 40 years, and is considered one of Scotland’s greatest 20th century artworks.

Exhibition in partnership with the Estate of Ian Hamilton Finlay and presented as part of Edinburgh Art Festival 2021 and Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21.

Marine: Ian Hamilton Finlay


Ian Hamilton Finlay


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