Hamish Fulton

A Four Day Walk across the Border Country of England and Scotland, West Coast to East Coast from the Solway Firth to Holy Island, Early Spring 1977 (1977)

About this artwork

These photographs and text record a walk made by the artist in 1977. Fulton has conducted walks in dozens of countries around the world, recording the experience in the form of black and white photographs made on the walks, with accompanying titles and texts. Since the early 1980s Fulton has increasingly used text on its own instead of photographs to record his walks. For the artist, the walk represents a personal encounter with nature, while the photographs and texts he produces are the art.

  • title: A Four Day Walk across the Border Country of England and Scotland, West Coast to East Coast from the Solway Firth to Holy Island, Early Spring 1977
  • accession number: GMA 2201
  • artist: Hamish FultonEnglish (born 1946)
  • gallery: Scottish National Portrait Gallery(On Display)
  • object type: Photograph
  • subject: Mountains
  • materials: Black and white photograph mounted on card with transfer-text
  • date created: 1977
  • measurements: Photograph: 50.30 x 204.50 cm; card: 96.00 x 244.00 cm (framed: 104.10 x 251.40 x 4.50 cm)
  • credit line: Purchased 1980

Hamish Fulton

Hamish Fulton

Fulton was born in London to Scottish parents and studied at St Martin's School of Art in London from 1966 to 1968. Like his art school contemporaries, Richard Long, Bruce McLean and Gilbert and George, Fulton began to explore the possibilities of conceptual sculpture. Since 1969 he has been specifically concerned with the experience of walking, calling himself a 'walking artist.' Unlike Long, with whom he has made a number of walks, Fulton does not alter the form of the landscape he walks in, but photographs it or records it in words.