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Why?s Man Comes Home

George Wyllie - Royal Yacht BritanniaWhy?s Man Comes Home

Previously unseen work by internationally renowned Scottish artist, George Wyllie, is on display on his home turf of Inverclyde

A new exhibition of work by the renowned Scots artist, George Wyllie, has opened at The Beacon Arts Centre.

Many of the artworks in the show, Why is there a ? in Scul?ture, have not been seen in public before and refer specifically to Inverclyde landmarks. This includes a series of previously unseen watercolour works called ‘In Inverclyde’, which tell the story of the glory days of the area’s industrial heritage.

The exhibition is the first event to be organised by the newly-established George Wyllie Foundation, set up to ensure Wyllie’s art-for-all approach to creativity lives on.

George Wyllie called himself a scul?tor because he said the question mark should always be at the centre of things. His most famous works included a giant paper boat and a straw locomotive. Both these ephemeral artworks contained a giant question mark.

There are several works relating to both The Paper Boat and the Straw Locomotive on show at The Beacon.

The exhibition runs until July 16th 2014

Wyllie work on long-term loan to the Beacon

To mark the opening of the George Wyllie exhibition, the artist’s family has given an original Wyllie watercolour depicting a visit of the Royal Yacht, Britannia in 1976 to Custom House Quay, to the Beacon Arts Centre on a long-term loan.

Wyllie worked as a Customs and Excise Officer in the Custom House adjacent to the Beacon, after many years of catching wild smugglers, he took early retirement in 1979 at the age of 58, deciding it was ‘time for art’


The Why?s Man

In Pursuit of the Question Mark with George Wyllie and Bill Paterson. As part of the exhibition, Murray Grigor’s award winning film, ‘The Why?s Man’, about George and his work, will be on show and available to purchase.