Alex Main

Norman MacCaig, 1910 - 1996. Poet (About 1996)

About this artwork

Norman MacCaig belonged to a generation of outstanding Scottish poets. He was a friend of Hugh MacDiarmid and Sorley Maclean and a mentor to a younger generation of writers. MacCaig wrote in English rather than Scots, his plain words revealing the magical aspects of everyday life and the beauty of the landscapes of Assynt in the Highlands. This bronze bust was made shortly after the poet's death. Its organic form suggests that MacCaig's head is either emerging from, or returning to, primary matter.

Alex Main

Alex Main

Born in Edinburgh, Main graduated from Loughborough College of Art in 1975 and has exhibited throughout Britain. He was a portrait sculptor who worked in bronze. Main was chosen to sculpt writer Neil Gunn's memorial in Dunbeath. The Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Edinburgh Park (a large new business district west of the city) commissioned portraits of 20th century Scottish poets from him.