Alasdair Gray needs little introduction. He is an acclaimed author, but also an artist of note. It is so often the way that someone very talented in one creative art is also noted in other fields.

Bert Ecles Film Editor 1943 -2011 Drawn circa 2011 by Alasdair Gray


Now The Open Eye Gallery presents an exhibition of new and historic work by the artist mounted in association with curator Kevin Brown.

The exhibition includes portraits, life studies and figure sketches, highlighting the visionary outlook of Gray’s artistic practice. These works come from his own collection and some may never have been seen before.

Whilst Gray is often thought of as a writer before an artist, his endeavours in literature and art have both arisen from a deep-felt need for self-expression. Described by novelist Will Self as a ‘creative polymath with an integrated politico-philosophical vision,’ Gray is a cultural icon in Scotland who has influenced literature, art and politics through the second half of the twentieth century and into the twenty-first.

The exhibition will focus on Gray’s unique draughtsmanship with a selection of drawings, aquatints and paintings.


Selected Work: 1962 – 2018

Exhibition on view: 6 – 23 April