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Ian Hamilton Finlay

Scottish, 1925–2006

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Ian Hamilton Finlay

Scottish, 1925–2006

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Britain's leading concrete poet and a distinguished artist, Ian Hamilton Finlay produced work that encompassed prints, books, sculpture, installation, and landscape design, marrying literature, mythology, and the classical tradition. He is well known for his word art, poetry, and text carved into stone or transformed into neon signs and recurring references like Virgil, seafaring culture, the French Revolution, and World War II. Finlay revived the concept of the poet's garden with his best-known work Little Sparta, the classical garden he built in the 1960s with arrangements of natural, sculptural, and poetic elements, including ponds, temples, inscriptions, and sundials.

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 7 more
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Biography

Britain's leading concrete poet and a distinguished artist, Ian Hamilton Finlay produced work that encompassed prints, books, sculpture, installation, and landscape design, marrying literature, mythology, and the classical tradition. He is well known for his word art, poetry, and text carved into stone or transformed into neon signs and recurring references like Virgil, seafaring culture, the French Revolution, and World War II. Finlay revived the concept of the poet's garden with his best-known work Little Sparta, the classical garden he built in the 1960s with arrangements of natural, sculptural, and poetic elements, including ponds, temples, inscriptions, and sundials.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Serpentine Galleries
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 7 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
documenta, and 3 more