Iain Stewart

Alasdair Gray, b. 1935. Novelist

About this artwork

Alasdair Gray, one of Scotland's most successful and original contemporary writers, is shown posing before the camera with his own self-portrait. He was born in Glasgow where he studied drawing and painting at the School of Art. His first novel 'Lanark' was published in 1981. The critics liked it and compared Gray with James Joyce because of his quirky use of language. Gray was among the campaigners for a Scottish Parliament, and his political writings include 'Why Scots Should Rule Scotland'.

Iain Stewart

Iain Stewart

Born in Sheffield in 1967, Iain Stewart studied at Edinburgh College of Art from 1985-90. In 1991 he was Photographer in Residence at Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery. Also in 1991 he was the resident photographer at the United Gallery, during The World Student Games. 'Scotland on Sunday' voted him 'Young Photographer of the Year' for 1991. Since then his work has appeared in group and solo exhibitions in Britain and the United States, attracting private buyers such as Elton John. Critics have compared his exquisite landscape photographs to Rothko's colour harmonies and to the music of German Romanticism.