Mark I'Anson

Jim Baxter, 1939 - 2001. Footballer (2003)

About this artwork

Shown here wearing the Glasgow Rangers kit, ‘Slim Jim’ as he was known to his fans, glances at us in a super-confident yet disarming manner. Having emerged from the coalfields of Fife, he became ‘simply the best’ footballer in Scottish history. Between 1960-4 he was one of the most gifted players in Europe but his peak was short-lived. Baxter’s most memorable performance was the 1967 game at Wembley when Scotland beat the World Champions England owing to his incredible skill with the football. Sir Alex Ferguson is reported as saying: "You could have set his performance to music".

Mark I'Anson

Mark I'Anson

Mark I'Anson studied at Grays School of Art, Aberdeen, from 1988 to 92. Since then his work has appeared in group and solo exhibitions. His prefered medium is pencil, sometimes sparingly tinted with watercolour or acrylic. In 2003 he completed a major commission for the Scottish National Portrait Gallery entitled 'Scotland's Dream Team'. This comprises twelve large works depicting Scotland's greatest football players from the last hundred years. I'Anson is currently based on the east coast of Scotland.