Calum Colvin

The Kelvingrove Eight: Janice Galloway, Alasdair Gray, Tom Leonard, Bernard MacLaverty, Liz Lochhead, Alan Spence, Jeff Torrington, Agnes Owens (2000)

About this artwork

This painting, commissioned by the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in 2000, depicts eight contemporary Scottish writers, located in an imaginary Glasgow West End flat. From left to right they are: Janice Galloway, Alasdair Gray, Tom Leonard, Bernard MacLaverty, Liz Lochhead, Alan Spence, Jeff Torrington and Agnes Owens. Colvin painted life-size portraits of the writers onto a three-dimensional room set, then photographed the set. A photograph of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum represents the view from the 'window'. Books by the writers are scattered on the floor.

Calum Colvin

Calum Colvin

Calum Colvin was born in Glasgow and studied art in Dundee and London, before coming to prominence in the mid-1980s. His early interest in sculpture led him to develop his unique style of 'constructed photography', creating small sets from everyday objects to resemble domestic interiors. More recently he has used digital technology to generate images that often ask uneasy questions about what makes one truly Scottish. He has exhibited extensively in Europe and the United States and has worked on a number of commissions by the National Galleries of Scotland.