Ian Hamilton Finlay (Scottish, 1925 - 2006)

Ian Hamilton Finlay was born in Nassau, the Bahamas, in 1925. Finlay’s artistic production was unique for encompassing a variety of different media and discourses. Finlay received the Scottish Horticultural Medal from the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society in 2002 and the Scottish Arts Council Creative Scotland Award in 2003. He exhibited nationally and internationally at places such as: the McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, Ontario; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; the National Maritime Museum and the Tate Britian, London; the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; and the Fukuoka Art Museum, Japan. Although he had gained a considerable international reputation through numerous exhibitions abroad, Ian Hamilton Finlay never traveled away from his home. Finlay’s one-person exhibition, Icons and Proposals was organized by Laumeier in 1994.

For more information, visit Finlay’s website www.ianhamiltonfinlay.com