In Pursuit of the Question Mark

A Retrospective 

George Wyllie

Producer
November 2012 – February 2013 
Mitchell Library Exhibition Hall, North Street, Glasgow G3 7DN
Awarded ‘Best Visual Art’, Creative Scotland Awards 2012

Known to his friends and family as Ralston, only at age 50 did he become known as George Wyllie, the artist and scul?tor who puts a question at the heart of everything he creates.

This, the artist’s first major retrospective exhibition in his home turf, follows the career of one of Scotland’s best-loved artist. The exhibition is the most comprehensive survey of the internationally renowned Glasgow-born artist’s work and consists of over1000 objects. These range from his earliest drawings made for family when he was serving on HMS Argonaut in The Pacific during the Second World War, to sculptures dating back to the 1960s made from old car bumpers. 

The exhibition included works that have never been exhibited before alongside works related to his renowned and memorable projects such as The Straw Locomotive, The Paper Boat and A Day Down a Goldmine.

The First Minister Alex Salmond said:

“He was by any standards an extraordinary man, whose art will be familiar to many generations of Scots, and it is entirely fitting that he is recognised and celebrated with this unique survey of his work right in the heart of the community he held so dear. 

All of the major themes he so skilfully dealt with will be represented in this exhibition, be it birds, boats, spires or engines. I hope that many thousands are able to come to the Mitchell and raise a smile at artwork that is at times playful, and yet speaks to a powerful underlying message about the importance of hard work and community.”