Robin Gillanders

Ian Hamilton Finlay, b. 1925. Artist (Composite work, framed with three photographs of Stonypath, Finlay's garden) (June 1995)

About this artwork

The man in the boat is Ian Hamilton Finlay, rowing on one of the ponds in his garden, Little Sparta, in the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh. Little Sparta is the artistic expression of Finlay's interest in the relationship between words and images, with sculpture and carved inscriptions thoughtfully placed in the landscape. Robin Gillanders has mounted each of the photographs onto canvas, with 'little tears and rents in it' to echo the 'idea of a sail' to emphasise Finlay's interest in boats and the sea.

Robin Gillanders

Robin Gillanders

Robin Gillanders was born in Edinburgh in 1952 and studied at the University of Edinburgh from 1970-4. After teaching history at the Royal High School in Edinburgh from 1975-82, Gillanders began a career as a freelance advertising and fashion photographer. He has taught photography at Napier University since 1983. More generally known as a portrait photographer, in the 1990s Gillanders worked in collaboration with the poet and sculptor, Ian Hamilton Finlay, creating a photographic work in Finlay's garden, Little Sparta, in Lanarkshire.