The George Wyllie Archive aims to promote understanding of the work of George Wyllie by giving access to the artist’s archive.
This website has been created and is managed by the artist’s family.
EXHIBITION: CHRISTMAS DAY DOWN A GOLDMINE In a celebratory centenary exhibition at Glasgow’s French Street Studios, George Wyllie’s infamous work Christmas Day Down a Goldmine is was reimagined by Scottish artists, with their unique interpretations appearing alongside...
1 November – 23 November 2021
The Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, Edinburgh EH2 2EL
Willie Sutherland presents new work inspired by environmental themes from George Wyllie’s art alongside original works by George Wyllie
(1921 – 2012)
George Wyllie burst onto the contemporary art scene during the 1980s. He was in his sixties and unfettered by formal art training. Disadvantaged by a happy childhood, disciplined by life on the ocean wave and spoiled by a happy marriage, he ruffled feathers through his playfully serious art.
Wyllie was born in Glasgow in 1921. He trained as an engineer with the Post Office before serving in the Royal Navy from 1942 to 1946. He was a Customs and Excise Officer for thirty years before becoming a full-time artist in his late fifties. His best-known public art works are the Straw Locomotive (1987) and the Paper Boat (1989). He continued making art at his home overlooking the Firth of Clyde in Gourock until he was in his eighties. He died, aged 90, in 2012.
This website is commissioned by the family of George Wyllie. Research into the artist's work and digitisation of the archive is ongoing and will be published here as it comes available.