Jessie Ann Matthew

Christopher Murray Grieve (nom de plume, 'Hugh MacDiarmid'), 1892 - 1978. Poet. From the series 'The Seven Poets' (1978)

About this artwork

This photograph is part of a series commissioned by Glasgow’s Third Eye Centre to accompany an exhibition of paintings and drawings of Scottish poets by Alexander Moffat. Seven photographs from the series were selected to be exhibited alongside Moffat’s portraits. The photographs were all taken in 1980 with the exception of this work, which shows Christopher Murray Grieve (Hugh MacDiarmid) shortly before his death in 1978. Grieve was one of the most important literary figures of twentieth-century Scotland and is now recognised as the principal force of the Scottish Literary Renaissance. Here, he almost disappears amongst the shelves of books and piles of paper, a testimony to his creative genius.

Jessie Ann Matthew

Jessie Ann Matthew

Jessie Ann Matthew was born in 1952 and educated at the Central School of Art and Design, London. She has worked as a portrait photographer undertaking commissions from the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Particular projects include The Seven Poets (1981) with paintings by Alexander Moffat. More recently, Matthew has been making with texiles, in particular wall-hangings and paintings.