Alasdair Gray: From the Personal to the Universal

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

11 October 2014 – 15 February 2015

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In celebration of the artist's 80th birthday in December, a major retrospective of his life's work.

Alasdair Gray, Cowcaddens

A playwright, poet, academic, teacher and artist, Alasdair Gray has been described by Will Self as 'a creative polymath with an integrated politico-philosophic vision'. Themes that distinguish his work include realism, fantasy and science fiction.

Gray studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1952 to 1957, and taught there after his graduation. In the 1960s he worked as a scene and portrait painter, as well as an independent artist and writer. His plays were published on TV and radio and he was named Writer in Residence at Glasgow University.

As well as the illustrations he produces for his books, Gray has produced many murals – such as the one seen in the Ubiquitous Chip restaurant in the West End of Glasgow and the Hillhead subway station.

This overarching exhibition features more than 100 works, spanning from his student days to the present. Drawn largely from private collections, this is a rare overview of his incredible career.

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Opening times

Mon – Thu and Sat, 10am – 5pm
Fri and Sun, 11 – am – 5pm

Closed 25 – 26 Dec, 1 – 2 Jan and from 12.30pm on 31 Dec

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