GEORGE WYLIE (1921-2012)
George Wylie was a Scottish Artist and Sculptor, who worked in regenerative, performance and public Art. He has also worked in Theatre, Writing, Installations, Film and was a frequent contributor to journals. He lived and worked in Gourock, Renfrewshire, Scotland.
He has exhibited in the UK, Europe, India, and the US. Many of his monumental Sculptures are permanently installed in urban settings around the world. He is best known for ‘The Straw Locomotive,’ ‘The Paper Boat,’ ‘A Day Down a Goldmine’, ‘Equilibrium of Spires’ and ‘The Cosmic Voyage.’ He was awarded the MBE in 2005.
There is never a guarantee within Wyllie’s work, but only a question, notably found in the centre of all things. He carried this out in an almost metaphysical or sometimes pataphysical way. A true equilibrist of British Art, who questions in a neo-shamanistic way.
Throughout his career George Wyllie has developed an imaginative and individual way of Being. On this journey as an artist and thinker he has dealt in absurdity and parody, questioned society’s orthodox ways of thinking, unearthed the true nature of things, and surpassed the commonality of Western thought in a random and unpredictable way.
1977 SAC (Travel Greece & USA)
1984 British Council (USA)
1989 Gulbenkian & ABSA Awards
1990 Provost’s Gold Medal
1993 British Council (India & Singapore)
2000 Creative Arts Award Scotland
2005 MBE Service to the Arts
2008 RIAS Honorary Fellowship