The Why?s Man

"My art is place specific and people specific." George Wyllie

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George Wylie proved to us that our backgrounds, our histories, were important, legitimate parts of our experience we could draw on to shape work. His locomotive was straw, his boat paper, his birds recycled metal, but his inspiration was steel, iron, hard men, hard-headed, arts-loving entrepreneurs that together shaped the world.

In my childhood there was little evidence of Scottish history, art or literature. Then in the 1970s and 80s a sudden flourishing of Scottish publishing opened eyes and minds.

That heralded a time of artists too, when people like George, a man who lived not in London but Gourock, brought our past to life, a past we could have pride in, for Clyde communities had built ships and locomotives for the world, to trade with the world, bring the world's goods to our shops, its peoples to our lives.


Dorothy Bruce

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