artist
Ian Hamilton Finlay
birth
Nassau, Bahamas, 1925
death
Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 2006
last update
27-03-2024
Born in 1925 in Nassau, Bahamas, he spent his childhood in Scotland, where his family originated. He lived and worked in Stonypath, near Edinburgh, in a place he called Little Sparta, which he transformed into his Gesamtkunstwerk or total artwork. The open-air space combines both forest and garden, with architectural and textual interventions that bring together, like the rest of his works, poetry, ideas, history, gardening, landscaping and sculpture. In addition to poetic work published largely by his own publishing house, Wild Hawthorn Press, founded in 1967, Hamilton Finlay created a body of work that ranges from landscape design to gardens, postcards, prints of all kinds, stone inscriptions, wooden sculptures and installations. His graphic work, which plays with language and visual poetry, shows a clear affinity with classicism. Hamilton Finlay has printed his texts on all types of media and in all formats, from stone stelae to pyramids, ceramic jugs and fabrics. He died in Scotland in 2006. His first solo exhibition in Spain was held at the Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, in 1999. He has presented his works in galleries and in venues such as St Paul’s Cathedral, London (2016); deCordova Sculpture Park and Lincoln Museum, Massachusetts (2014); Tate Britain, London (2013); Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (2010); Kunsthalle, Bremen (2008); and Kunstverein, Frankfurt (1991), among many others.
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Emblem-Obstinate, not Obdurate
1999
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Emblem-Plough, Luke 9:62
1999
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Emblem-Variety in Unity
1999
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Emblem-First and Last
1999
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Le Revolution Devrait Faire pour le Peuple
1998
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Bark/Barque/Baroque
1998
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Le socialisme devrait faire pour le peuple
1998
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Apollinaire: A Variation
1997
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Boat Lore
1997
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Bitts-Bits
1996
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Political Corrections, Number 1
1995
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Emblem
1995
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Untitled (A Frayed Edge)
1995
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Joseph-Agricola Viala
1994
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Foxglove
1994
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Translation
1994
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Wild Rose (Summer Poem)
1994
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Olsen's Fisherman's Nautical Alphabet
1994
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Heraclitean Variations
1994
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Arrow
1994
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Notice-Danger
1994
Ian Hamilton Finlay
3 Banners
1992
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Thermidor, after Kate Greenaway
1992
Ian Hamilton Finlay
A, E, I, O, BLUE
1992
Ian Hamilton Finlay
After Magritte
1991
Ian Hamilton Finlay
A Model of Order
1991
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Capital Ship
1991
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Abraham a Santa Clara
1991
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Reedpipe
1991
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Sickle/Lightning Flash
1990
Ian Hamilton Finlay
A Rose is a Rose is a Rose
1990
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Decal Sheet 62
1990
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Decal Sheet 62
1990
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Two Scythes
1990
Ian Hamilton Finlay
L'Ami du Peuple
1989
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Two Still-Lifes
1989
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Projet pour un Parc Republicain
1988
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Summer Poem
1988
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Basta
1988
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Ligue des Droits
1988
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Advertising Fascism
1987
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Liberal Democracy
1987
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Knitting was a Reserved Occupation
1987
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Socle
1987
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Willow
1987
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Delegation without Response
1987
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Menu à la Carte
1987
Ian Hamilton Finlay
The Medium is the Message
1987
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Follies-A Little Spartan Guide to the National Trust
1987
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Le Tricot Etait une Occupation Reserve
1987
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Head-ley. Terror is the piety of the Revolution
1987
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Justice for the Fat Stupid Kids
1987
Ian Hamilton Finlay
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Reed-pipe / by Ian Hamilton, Martyn Greenhalgh
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1990
Reed-pipe / by Ian Hamilton, Martyn Greenhalgh
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1990
Simon Cutts & Ian Hamilton Finlay : lines of thin pale blue and red : 19-05-90--02-06-90 / [organisation: Eric Troncy & APAC ; essai: Stephen Bann]
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1990
Simon Cutts & Ian Hamilton Finlay : lines of thin pale blue and red : 19-05-90--02-06-90 / [organisation: Eric Troncy & APAC ; essai: Stephen Bann]
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1990
Holzwege : Neueraachenerkunstverein, 8. September-7. Oktober 1990 / Ian Hamilton Finlay
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1990
Dim Wim the wee wimp's in his crazy wind mill / [Ian Hamilton Finlay]
document
1987
Eine Erinnerung an Annette : Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, 1797-1848 : the Rüschhaus Proposal / [Ian Hamilton Finlay and Gary Hincks]
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1987
Eine Erinnerung an Annette : Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, 1797-1848 : the Rüschhaus Proposal / [Ian Hamilton Finlay and Gary Hincks]
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1987
A Remembrance of R.L.S. : West Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh : a proposal for the Robert Louis Stevenson Club / [designed by Ian Hamilton Finlay and illustrated by Kathleen Lindsey]
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1987
Poire-Loire / Ian Hamilton Finlay
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[1987]
Poire-Loire / Ian Hamilton Finlay
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[1987]
Oh Nature, how sublime and delightful is your power! / Ian Hamilton Finlay and Gary Hincks, after Puvis de Chavannes
document
1987
Now the names of the Twelve are these
document
[1987]
Follies : a Little Spartan guide to the National Trust
document
1987
1794 : knitting was a reserved occupation
document
1987
1794 : le tricot était une occupation réservée
document
1987
Filiger : [celebrations of the Nabis] / Ian Hamilton Finlay
document
1987
Joseph Bara (1780 - 1793) : After 'drummer' by Juan Gris
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[1987]
Head of the death Marat
document
[1987?]
A remembrance of R. L. S. / Ian Hamilton Finlay and Gary Hincks
document
1987
Der Untergang Des Abendlandes / Ian Hamilton Finlay
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1987
Der Untergang Des Abendlandes / Ian Hamilton Finlay
document
1987
After Bernini
document
[1987]
And even as she fled the Republic charmed him ... (2)
document
1987
And even as she fled she charmed him ... (1)
document
1987
Pastorales = Pastorals / Ian Hamilton Finlay
document
1987
Millet, pseudo-moralist
document
1987
A placement : obeisance / Ian Hamilton Finlay ; photographs by Andrew Griffiths
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[1987]
Both the garden style called 'sentimental', and the French Revolution, grew from Rousseau ... / Ian Hamilton Finlay, Gary Hincks
document
1987
A shaded path / Ian Hamilton Finlay
document
[1987?]
A proposal for the Robert Louis Stevenson Club : spring 1987 / Ian Hamilton Finlay & Michael Harvey
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1987
A proposal for the Robert Louis Stevenson Club : spring 1987 / Ian Hamilton Finlay & Michael Harvey
document
1987
Two visions
document
1987
Pastorales / Ian Hamilton Finlay
document
1987
Inter artes et naturam / Ian Hamilton Finlay
document
1987
Poppy, n. the Phrygian flower / Ian Hamilton Finlay, Jo Hincks
document
[1987]
Liberal democracy lacks a blackboard
document
[1987]
Headley, Meulenkamp & Waldemar : jeunesse dorée of the counter-revolution!
document
1987
A one-word poem for the Ladies of Art Press, Paris
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[1987]
Dialogue : ley : je perds une tête, j'en trouve une
document
[1987]
Mr. Greene and the White Brigands
document
[1987]
Head ley : terror is the piety of the Revolution
document
[1987]
Menu à la carte : Danton, Hébert, Clootz, Meulenkamp, Headley
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[1987]
A modest hero / Ian Hamilton Finlay and Gary Hincks
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[1987]
Louis Treize, Louis Quatorze, Louis Quinze, Louis Seize, Louis Cane
document
[1987]
According to the National Trust
document
[1987]
The garden is open
document
[1987]
"Poursuites révolutionnaires" : 4e sanculotide an CXCV-23 frimaire an CXVI, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain = "Revolutionary poursuits" / Ian Hamilton Finlay
document
1987
4 colonnes, 8 affiches pour l'abbaye cistercienne de l'Epau : été, 1986
document
1986
Proposal for a monument to Jean-Jacques Rousseau / Ian Hamilton Finlay and Gary Hincks
document
1986
Proposal for a monument to Jean-Jacques Rousseau / Ian Hamilton Finlay and Gary Hincks
document
1986
4 Blades / Ian Hamilton Finlay, Gary Hincks
document
1986
Twilight / Ian Hamilton Finlay
document
1986
Six proposals for the improvement of Stockwood Park Nurseries in the borough of Luton / [by Ian Hamilton Finlay and Gary Hincks]
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[1986]
Six proposals for the improvement of Stockwood Park Nurseries in the borough of Luton / [by Ian Hamilton Finlay and Gary Hincks]
document
[1986]
Six proposals for the improvement of Stockwood Park Nurseries in the borough of Luton / [by Ian Hamilton Finlay and Gary Hincks]
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[1986]
Temple of Bara / Ian Hamilton Finlay, Mark Stewart
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1986