Mark I'Anson

Daniel Fergusson McGrain, b. 1950. Footballer (2003)

About this artwork

At the height of his powers, Danny McGrain was seen by many as the best full-back in the world. He spent his entire career with Celtic, joining them in 1967, the year they became the first British club to win the European Cup. McGrain went on to win five championships, five Scottish Cups and two League Cups with the side. He also earned 62 caps for Scotland, ten of which as captain. His career, however successful, was still beset with problems: he suffered a fractured skull in 1972 and struggled with a foot injury which left him unable to play for 18 months. In addition, he discovered that he was a diabetic during the World Cup in 1974. He nevertheless became one of Celtic’s best ever players and remained connected to the club in a coaching capacity after retiring from the game in 1987.

  • title: Daniel Fergusson McGrain, b. 1950. Footballer
  • accession number: PG 3338
  • artist: Mark I'AnsonScottish (born 1968)
  • depicted: Danny McGrain
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Work on paper
  • subject: Sport and leisure
  • materials: Mixed media on paper
  • date created: 2003
  • measurements: 112.00 x 193.00 cm
  • credit line: Commissioned 2003
  • copyright: © MARK I’ANSON
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

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.