Tormod MacGilliosa (Norman Gillies)

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The painting is a large-scale portrait of the former college principal. It may appear to be a photograph at first but the artist wants us to look very closely and wants to challenge our assumptions about reality in our fast, image-hungry age.

It was commissioned by the Trustees of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig to honour Norman Gillies’ contribution to the development of Gaelic language and culture from 1983 to 2008.

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig


Tormod MacGilliosa (Norman Gillies)




acrylic on linen


H 110 x W 250 cm

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commissioned by Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, 2008

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