Rare art found in Motherwell

One of the three pieces from Motherwell Unitd Services Club that will be on display in Glasgow.
One of the three pieces from Motherwell Unitd Services Club that will be on display in Glasgow.
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RARE works created by Scottish artist George Wyllie have been discovered in Motherwell and are to feature in a new exhibition.

Following is death in May the Friends of George Wyllie opens a major retrospective of his work at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow on Saturday.

Three pieces dating back to the 1960s were located at Motherwell United Services Club in Mabel Street and have been donated to be put on display at ‘In Pursuit Of The Question Mark’.

All three are made primarily of metal featuring an eagle and lion, a pipe band and a peacock.

Louise Patience, who is helping to curate the exhibition, said: “These date back to a period when George wasn’t making art full time, he was still working as a customs and excise officer in Greenock.

“It is very much ‘before its time’ in that at that stage, no-one made artwork from old bits of washers and car bumpers.

“They are huge in the ‘flesh’, the eagle is so big it takes four men to carry it, and we think that they are going to be among the most popular exhibits in the show.

“They are just not what people expect from George Wyllie, who is better known for ephemeral artworks such as The Paper Boat and the Straw Locomotive, which hung from the Finnieston Crane in Glasgow in 1987.”

The exhibition is open on Monday-Saturday from 10am-5pm until February 2 under the banner of The Whysman Festival which is funded by Creative Scotland.

George’s daughter Louise said: “My father always said he preferred miscalculations as they offered more promising results.

“This exhibition is a tribute to this guerilla-style approach to making art and involving as many people as he could in the process.

“He knew about it happening before he died and he was happy that his legacy would be celebrated as it mattered to him that ordinary people engaged in his art because it asked big questions.”