James Kelman. b. 1946. Novelist (1994)
About this artwork
When Kelman decided to become an author he “wanted to write and remain a member of my own community”. His work is significant for his honest depiction of the urban working-class experience and his use of west-coast vernacular on the page. He is known for realistic portrayals of poverty and disenfranchised characters. Born in Glasgow, Kelman became involved with Philip Hobsbaum’s creative writing group alongside Alasdair Gray and Liz Lochhead in the 1970s. He went on to win the Booker Prize in 1994 for ‘How Late It Was, How Late’, a stream-of-consciousness novel about Sammy, who has to make his way home blind having lost his sight after a drinking binge. In 2008, he won the prestigious Saltire Society’s Book of the Year award for ‘Kieron Smith, Boy’.
- title: James Kelman. b. 1946. Novelist
- accession number: PGP 143.27
- artist: Jeremy Sutton-HibbertScottish (born 1969)
- depicted: James Kelman
- gallery: Scottish National Portrait Gallery(Print Room)
- object type: Photograph
- subject: Scottish literature Writing and literature
- materials: Silver gelatine print
- date created: 1994
- measurements: 30.70 x 23.90 cm; mounted: 55.50 x 40.40 cm
- credit line: Purchased 1995
- copyright: © Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2015
Sutton-Hibbert studied photography at the Glasgow College of Building and Printing. He began work in Romania in 1990, which developed into a photo series of the Calderari Gypsies. Among other places, his photojournalistic career has taken him to Albania and Cuba, aboard a fishing boat in the North Sea and to the site of the World Trade Centre in October 2001. He has done work for corporate organisations such as Standard Life and KPMG. In 2001 he carried out a commission on behalf of the National Galleries of Scotland which documents the behind-the-scenes life of the galleries' staff.