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Ajar
© By courtesy of the Estate of Ian Hamilton Finlay & © the artist's estate. Photo credit: The Pier Arts Centre

Ajar 1967

Ian Hamilton Finlay (1925–2006) and John Furnival (1933–2020)

The Pier Arts Centre

Writer and artist in many media, born in Nassau, Bahamas, of Scottish parents; brought to Scotland as a child. After a short period at Glasgow School of Art Finlay saw military service in Germany, then did a variety of agricultural jobs including shepherding in the Orkneys. Began to write fiction, drama and poetry, some single-word poems presaging concrete poetry. In 1961 Finlay with Jessie McGuffie started the Wild Hawthorn Press to publish contemporary work, for most of the 1960s publishing the magazine Poor.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)


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