Ian Hamilton Finlay

Sailing Barge Redwing


In Tate Britain

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Ian Hamilton Finlay 1925–2006
Screenprint on paper
Image: 328 × 305 mm
Purchased 1982

Catalogue entry

P07645 Sailing Barge Red Wing 1975

Screenprint 12 7/8 × 12 (328 × 305), printed at Girdwood and published by the Wild Hawthorn Press in an edition of 300
Inscribed ‘Ian Hamilton Finlay’ and ‘129’ on flyleaf of folder
Purchased from the artist (Grant-in-Aid) 1982

Made in collaboration with Ian Gardner, this work is one of Finlay's characteristic images of visual coincidence. The image of a sailing barge and its reflection printed in red make a bird shape on the green ground. The Wild Hawthorn Press is Finlay's own publishing press based at his home, Little Sparta, Stonypath, Lanark (reference this and the other prints described here). It is Finlay's habit to work with other artists and printers, using them to visualise his idea and his visual concept by drawing or typography and then having the result printed to his own specifications. In this case the image was drawn by Gardner.

This and the following entries [P07625-P07634 and P07645-P07647] have all been approved by the artist.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986

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