Victoria Miro Gallery

Ian Hamilton Finlay

(British, b. 1925)

a proposal for a london garden by ian hamilton finlay

Ian Hamilton Finlay

A Proposal for a London Garden, 1993

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five finials by ian hamilton finlay

Ian Hamilton Finlay

Five Finials, 1999

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for the temples of the greeks... by ian hamilton finlay

Ian Hamilton Finlay

For the Temples of the Greeks..., 1997

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homage to villa d'este by ian hamilton finlay

Ian Hamilton Finlay

Homage to Villa d'Este, 1975

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parheliacal marble by ian hamilton finlay

Ian Hamilton Finlay

Parheliacal Marble, 1992

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Biography

Timeline

1925
Born in Nassau, Bahamas. Moved to Glasgow, Scotland as a child
1950
Moved to Edinburgh
1961
Founded The Wild Hawthorn Press with Jessie McGuffie
1962
Founded the periodical ‘Poor. Old. Tired. Horse.’offset at the Wild Hawthorn Press.
1966
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)
1985
Shortlisted for the Turner Prize, Tate Gallery, London
1987
Awarded Honorary Doctorate by the University of Aberdeen
1993
Awarded Honorary Doctorate from the Heriot-Watt University, Glasgow
1999
Awarded honorary professorship from the University of Dundee

Exhibitions

2008
Neoclassicism – A Noble Arrow, Nolan Judin Berlin (solo)
Conversations, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, UK
2007
Ian Hamilton Finlay & Cerith Wyn Evans, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh
The Sonnet is a Sewing-Machine for the Monostich, Victoria Miro Gallery, London (solo)
2006
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)

Literature

2007
Ian Hamilton Finlay: Remembrance, Professor Stephen Bann, Wild Hawthorn Press, Little Sparta, Victoria Miro Gallery
2004
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
2003
Little Sparta – The Garden of Ian Hamilton Finlay, Jessie Sheeler, photographs by Andrew Lawson, Frances Lincoln Ltd
2002
Ian Hamilton Finlay – Maritime Works, Tate St.Ives, Cornwall
2000
Ian Hamilton Finlay, Concrete Poetry, Galeria Bielska BWA, Bielsko-Biala, Poland
1998
Ian Hamilton Finlay: A Proposal for the Grounds of the Serpentine Gallery, Little Sparta, Wild Hawthorn Press
1997
Ian Hamilton Finlay: Prints 1963 – 1997, PAHLKE, Rosemarie E., SIMIG, Pia, ed. Museum am Ostwall Dortmund, Statsgalerij Heerlen and Galerie Stadtpark Krems, Cantz Verlag
1995
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