Jessie Ann Matthew

Iain Crichton Smith, 1928 - 1998. Poet. (From the series 'The Seven Poets') (1980)

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. Ian Crichton Smith was part of an outstanding generation of Scottish poets to emerge in the mid-twentieth century. Smith wrote poetry in both English and Gaelic, and his long poem ‘Am Faigh a Ghaidhlig Eas?’ (Shall Gaelic Die?) ponders the fate of Gaelic and its associated culture. This is a casual and relaxed portrait of the poet.

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.