01 Jan SAILS FY27. UNIQUE SCULPTURAL WORK. 1998.
43 x 57 x 15cm, stone with red paint. Executed in 1998. Unique sculpture with a relief image displaying the sails of a boat that has been “patched”. This work relates to similar works by Finlay including postcards and prints where the patching of a sail is compared to that of a poor person’s clothing – but also references Picasso’s harlequins with their colourful divisions of clothing and patches on windmill sails. The work was created for IHF after his instruction by Andrew Whittle.
The work comes with the original custom made painted wood stand and base – c. 150 x 65 x 20cm.
Previously exhibited at
Barcelona, Fundacio Joan Miró, ‘Ian Hamilton Finlay: Variations on Different Themes’, February – March 1999
St Ives, Tate St Ives, ‘Ian Hamilton Finlay, Maritime Works’, March – June 2002
Edinburgh, Ingleby Gallery, ‘Ian Hamilton Finlay’, June – July 2009
Purchased from Frank and Lorna Dumphy Collection via auction and prior sale from the artist to the collection via Ingleby Gallery in 2001