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This article is about the Scottish artist. For the Scottish George Cross recipient, see George Wyllie (GC).
George Wyllie - August 2006
Scul?tures in the garden of George Wyllie

George Ralston Wyllie MBE (31 December 1921[1] – 15 May 2012) was a Scottish artist. Wyllie produced a number of notable public works, such as the Straw Locomotive and the Paper Boat.

Life[edit]

Wyllie was born in Shettleston, in the east end of Glasgow, and grew up in Craigton, in the south west of the city. He was educated at Bellahouston Academy and Allan Glen's School.[2] He later resided in Gourock. He worked as a customs officer before taking up art.[3] He described himself as a "scul?tor".

Wyllie's Straw Locomotive consisted of a full size steam locomotive, constructed from straw, and suspended from the Finnieston Crane, by the River Clyde in Glasgow.[4] The sculpture was built at the former locomotive works at Springburn, and suspended from the crane for several months during 1987, before being taken back to the Springburn site and ceremonially burnt.[3] The 80-foot Paper Boat was exhibited at The Tramway in Glasgow and at other sites including a placement on the Hudson River in New York,[5] for which visit it carried quotations from Adam Smith's The Theory of Moral Sentiments.[6]

Wyllie's Slap and Tickle Machine is in the collection of the People's Palace, Glasgow, and wind-up stainless steel palm trees and a sculptural bandstand featured in the café of the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow.

George Wyllie was commissioned in the 1970s to build some French influenced sculptures including General Charles de Gaulle, one of the Eiffel Tower and smaller mustachioed & beret wearing French visages (used as coat hooks) that were dotted around the city's first wine bar, "La Bonne Auberge", in its original site (the basement of the now defunct Beacons Hotel at 7 Park Terrace).

The following year Wyllie contributed a golden eagle made from old car bumpers which adorned the wall of Harvey's Diner, (it took six men to lift and secure it) and two stainless steel palm trees in Harvey's Cocktail Bar at 8 Park Terrace. A gramophone with a rather large fiberglass megaphone was also sited in the bar at Harvey's but is now on display (alongside the Tour d' Eiffel) in La Bonne Auberge located within the Holiday Inn, in Glasgow's theatreland.

One of Wyllie's most famous creations, Charlie Parker & His Band, could be seen within Charlie Parker's Bar in Royal Exchange Square in the 1970s and 1980s, the set was up for sale and was meant to have been on display in a jazz museum .

Wyllie's work can also be seen in the Clyde Clock (depicting a clock on running legs), outside Buchanan bus station and in the Monument to Maternity (depicting a huge nappy pin), on the site of the former Rottenrow Maternity Hospital. Collections: Glasgow Corporation Museum of Transport, Cheshire County Council, Glasgow Cathedral, St. John's Kirk, Perth, St. Mary's Hospital, Lanark, Mitchell Limited, Greenock, and public and private collections at home, USA and Sweden.

Wyllie stood as a list candidate (Scottish Senior Citizens Unity Party) for the West of Scotland region in the 2007 Scottish Parliamentary Election.[7]

Wyllie was a president of the Society of Scottish Artists and provides an award for an imaginative work at their annual exhibition.

Wyllie was awarded the MBE in the New Years Honours List 2005.

Selected works[edit]

Publications and films[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Belated honour for George Wyllie as sculptor hits 90 - Art". Scotsman.com. 2011-12-31. Retrieved 2012-01-01. 
  2. ^ url = http://www.scottish-places.info/scotgaz/people/famousfirst3883.html
  3. ^ a b Sutherland, Giles (14 April 2012). "Visual joker provides gallery's last laugh". The Times. 
  4. ^ "Straw locomotive, by George Wyllie, 1987". Springburn Virtual Museum. Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
  5. ^ Shepard, Richard F. (1990-07-13). "Weekender: Monster Model Boat". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
  6. ^ Macdonald, Murdo (1994). "The social space in Scottish art". Edinburgh Review 91: 29. 
  7. ^ "War veteran joins Holyrood fight". BBC News. 2007-04-03. Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
  8. ^ http://georgewyllie.com/.  Missing or empty |title= (help);
  9. ^ New Broom page on Manchester City Galleries
  10. ^ Life Cycle page on Manchester City Galleries

External links[edit]

Official website


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133 news items

 
TheGazette.co.uk
Mon, 27 Jul 2015 04:26:15 -0700

George Wyllie MBE (1921-2012) was an artist who reached out beyond the confines of the gallery to connect with people all over the world through his thought-provoking art. Wyllie described his own art as scul?ture because he said the question mark ...

Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
Tue, 14 Jul 2015 16:20:12 -0700

New exhibition of the life and works of the late George Wyllie to open in Paisley. Phil Miller. Arts Correspondent. Wednesday 15 July 2015. AN exhibition featuring never before art by the late Scottish artist George Wyllie is to open in Paisley later ...
 
Herald Scotland
Fri, 09 Jan 2015 16:27:35 -0800

In a previous life, this vast, sprawling arts venue was a vet school, so it's fitting that Wyllie's eagle, which once stood guard outside his eyrie-like home in Gourock, has found a temporary perch. This show, curated by George Wyllie Foundation ...
 
Renfrewshire 24 News
Thu, 16 Jul 2015 19:03:45 -0700

The Why?sman exhibition is the result of collaboration between Renfrewshire Leisure Ltd, the Wyllie Family and The George Wyllie Foundation. It includes large scale sculptures, paintings, film and photographs. The exhibition will open on Friday 17 July ...

BBC News

BBC News
Mon, 26 Aug 2013 16:48:45 -0700

An auction of works from the studio of the late Glasgow artist George Wyllie is to be held later. Wyllie, who died last year aged 90, was one of Scotland's most prolific artists whose work can be found in public places around the country. He is best ...
 
BBC News
Wed, 16 May 2012 02:52:19 -0700

Glasgow-born sculptor George Wyllie has died at the age of 90 following a short illness. He was best known for his giant public works including The Paper Boat and The Straw Locomotive. The Paper Boat sailed along the Clyde on a journey to New York via ...
 
Herald Scotland
Wed, 16 May 2012 02:50:52 -0700

Louise Wyllie, his elder daughter, said: "My father was delighted at all the developments which the Friends of George Wyllie have made in the last year in establishing his legacy and he was keen to know what was happening right up to the end.
 
Scottish Daily Record
Fri, 05 Oct 2012 01:45:51 -0700

WHEN Inverclyde artist Alec Galloway found himself waist deep in freezing water on the banks of the lower Clyde, he took some solace from the fact that he wasn't the only one. The late George Wyllie was with him. Alec considered the influential ...
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