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Simon McGinlay, Construction Worker
© the copyright holder. Photo credit: Glasgow Museums

Simon McGinlay, Construction Worker 1977

Alasdair Gray (1934–2019)

Glasgow Museums

Versatile artist, writer and teacher, born and lived in Glasgow, who studied at Glasgow School of Art. From 1958–62, he was a secondary school art teacher; 1962–3, a theatrical scene painter; 1964, a “social security scrounger”; 1965–76 painter and playwright, with 17 plays televised, broadcast or staged; 1977, artist-recorder for Glasgow’s local history museum; 1977–9, writer-in-residence, Glasgow University; from 1981 being mainly a writer, book designer and illustrator. Gray wrote, designed and illustrated nine published novels, including the award-winning Lanark, of 1981, in gestation for 27 years; three books of short stories, one co-authored; two books of verse; a political pamphlet, Why Scots Should Rule Scotland, a play and in 2000 The Book of Prefaces, 15 years in preparation.

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


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