Mark I'Anson

George Young, 1922-1997. Footballer (2003)

About this artwork

George Lewis Young spent his entire adult career with Rangers, with whom he won six Scottish League championships, four Scottish cups and two League cups. At 6 feet 2 inches and weighing more than 15 stone, he dominated Rangers’ mean defence as a centre half or right back during the years immediately after the Second World War. His nicknames included Gentle Giant, Rock of the North and Corky, the last because he always carried a champagne cork from after the Scottish 3-1 victory over England in 1949. In total, Young won 53 caps and captained Scotland on 48 occasions. He was highly respected by both his own team mates and his opponents, and was never in his career sent off during a match. This painting is part of ‘Scotland’s Dream Team’, a series commissioned by the Portrait Gallery.

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.