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Alasdair Gray at Coningsby Gallery

Exhibition preview

THIS SUMMER, the Coningsby Gallery is hosting an exhibition of works from Alasdair Gray’s personal collection of his own paintings, drawings and prints. The show will run for three weeks, from July 27 to August 12, 2017.

Glasgow-based Gray is well known as the author of more than 50 book titles, including the cult classic novel Lanark (1981), described in the Guardian as a ‘landmark of 20th century fiction’; and Poor Things, winner of the Whitbread Novel Award in 1992 and the Guardian Fiction Prize for the same year.

As an artist, Gray has been described as ‘Glasgow’s Piranesi’, and as the ‘20th century’s William Blake’. Examples of his work are held by various public collections, including the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art, the Glasgow Museum of Modern Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Arts Council of England collection, the Kelvingrove Gallery, and others.

Gray, now 82 years old, was seriously injured in a fall in 2015. Now greatly recovered, he is back at work, publishing new prints, designing murals, and preparing text and illustrations for his new translation of Dante’s The Divine Comedy.

Andrew Coningsby, managing director of the gallery, said: ‘We are thrilled to be hosting this particular exhibition. Alasdair Gray is already an iconic figure, who will only become more so over time. This will be a great opportunity for London curators, collectors and art dealers to become more familiar with his art.’

Image: Alasdair Gray’s ceiling mural in the Oran Mor, Glasgow: the ‘Sistine Chapel ceiling for the 21st Century’. Photo by Mark Wild Photography.

Coningsby Gallery, 30 Tottenham Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 4RJ8