School of Art

Contact Details

School of Art
Aberystwyth University
Buarth Mawr
SY23 1NG

Tel: +44 (0)1970 622460

Fax: +44 (0)1970 622461


Display artist/maker:

Ian Hamilton Finlay

Born: 1925, Bahamas, Nassau   Died: 2006, Edinburgh

Sculptor, gardener and poet. Trained briefly at Glasgow School of Art. From 1942 he served in the Second World War after which he worked as a shepherd in the Orkneys. During the 1950s he turned to writing plays some of which were broadacast by the BBC. In 1961 he founded the Wild Hawthorn Press with Jessie McGuffie and in 1963 he published 'Rapel', a book of concrete poetry - a literary form which occupied him through much of the 1960s. He later began to carve his poetry into stone creating sculptural works, many of these were placed in the classical gardens 'Little Sparta' he built around his home near Edinburgh

Objects in the collections associated with this artist/maker

Sea Poppy 1 PR792 Prints