Alex Main

George Mackay Brown, 1921 - 1996. Poet (About 1996)

About this artwork

A frail man, George Mackie Brown was born in Stromness, Orkney and he spent most of his life there, his health frequently dogged by attacks of tuberculosis. His earliest published work was verse but he soon revealed a striking talent for short stories and novels, with Stromness often featuring under the Norse name, 'Hamnavoe'. All his writing is permeated by the spirit of the sea, Norse sagas and Orcadian folklore. His conversion to Catholicism in 1961 added another dimension to his work.

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.