Ian Hamilton Finlay

(British, b. 1925)

 unique: apollo and daphne (with keith brookwell) by ian hamilton finlay

Ian Hamilton Finlay

Unique: Apollo and Daphne (with Keith Brookwell), 1987

 unique: echo and narcissus by ian hamilton finlay

Ian Hamilton Finlay

Unique: Echo and Narcissus, 1989

 unique: je vous salue marat by ian hamilton finlay

Ian Hamilton Finlay

Unique: Je vous salue Marat, 1989

 unique: julie inscription by ian hamilton finlay

Ian Hamilton Finlay

Unique: Julie Inscription, 1988

 unique: kapitell by ian hamilton finlay

Ian Hamilton Finlay

Unique: Kapitell, 1989

 unique: thermidor by ian hamilton finlay

Ian Hamilton Finlay

Unique: Thermidor, 1988



Born in Nassau, Bahamas. Moved to Glasgow, Scotland as a child
Moved to Edinburgh
Founded The Wild Hawthorn Press with Jessie McGuffie
Founded the periodical ‘Poor. Old. Tired. Horse.’offset at the Wild Hawthorn Press.
Moved to Stonypath in the Southern Uplands of Scotland, where he immediately set about creating the world-famous garden ‘Little Sparta’
1979 - 1984
Founded the Saint – Just Vigilantes and planned and took part in the First Battle of Little Sparta, February 4, 1983 (between Strathclyde Region and Little Sparta)
Shortlisted for the Turner Prize, Tate Gallery, London
Awarded Honorary Doctorate by the University of Aberdeen
Awarded Honorary Doctorate from the Heriot-Watt University, Glasgow
Awarded honorary professorship from the University of Dundee


Neoclassicism – A Noble Arrow, Nolan Judin Berlin (solo)
Conversations, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, UK
Ian Hamilton Finlay & Cerith Wyn Evans, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh
The Sonnet is a Sewing-Machine for the Monostich, Victoria Miro Gallery, London (solo)
Tate Triennial, Tate Britain, London
Certain Trees: The Constructed Book, Poem and Object 1964-2006, Centre des Livres D’Artistes, Saint-Yrieix-La-Perche
Word Power: Concrete Poetry and it’s Influences, Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen & the Changing Room, Stirling
How to Change the World: 60 Years of British Art, Arts Council Collection, Hayward Gallery, London
Of Conceits and Collaborators, National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh (solo)
Early Works from the Wild Hawthorne Press, 1964-1971, National Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh (solo)


Ian Hamilton Finlay: Remembrance, Professor Stephen Bann, Wild Hawthorn Press, Little Sparta, Victoria Miro Gallery
Fleur de l’Air – A Garden in Provence, Ian Hamilton Finlay and Pia Simig, Wild Hawthorn Press
Art of the Garden – The Garden in British Art 1800 to the Present Day, Tate Publishing
Little Sparta – The Garden of Ian Hamilton Finlay, Jessie Sheeler, photographs by Andrew Lawson, Frances Lincoln Ltd
Ian Hamilton Finlay – Maritime Works, Tate St.Ives, Cornwall
Ian Hamilton Finlay, Concrete Poetry, Galeria Bielska BWA, Bielsko-Biala, Poland
Ian Hamilton Finlay: A Proposal for the Grounds of the Serpentine Gallery, Little Sparta, Wild Hawthorn Press
Ian Hamilton Finlay: Prints 1963 – 1997, PAHLKE, Rosemarie E., SIMIG, Pia, ed. Museum am Ostwall Dortmund, Statsgalerij Heerlen and Galerie Stadtpark Krems, Cantz Verlag
Ian Hamilton Finlay: Works in Europe 1972-1995 Werke in Europa, , HUNT, John Dixon, GILONIS, Harry, -SIMIG, Pia, ed, Ostfildern, Cantz Verlag
Wood Notes Wild - Essays on the Poetry and Art of Ian Hamilton Finlay, edited by Alec Finlay , Paragon, Edinburgh