Vincent Butler

Helen Cruickshank, 1886 - 1975 (1970)

About this artwork

Helen Cruickshank was born at Hillside near Montrose. The poet Hugh MacDiarmid, a close friend, described her as a catalyst to the Scottish literary renaissance of the twentieth century. As Secretary of the Scottish PEN (an international association of Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists) she encouraged many young writers and was a particular support to Lewis Grassic Gibbon. This sculpted head suggests both her strength and openness of spirit. Her own first collection of poems 'Up the Noran Water' was published in 1934.

Vincent Butler

Vincent Butler

Born in Manchester, Butler studied at Edinburgh College of Art and under Marino Marini and Giacomo Manzù at the Brera Academy in Milan. In 1963 he returned to Scotland, taking up a post at Edinburgh College of Art which he held until 1989. He is one of the country's leading figurative sculptors, concentrating on the human figure. Bronze is his preferred medium, but Butler also works in stone and wood. He is a member of the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Glasgow Institute.