This striking study in colour and composition for Scotland’s Voices shows the painting’s central figure, Hamish Henderson, set to record the musicians and singers he ‘discovered’ as he toured Scotland with his tape recorder in the late 1940s and 1950s. The reel-to-reel recorder is at his feet. His right arm is outstretched (it will hold the microphone) and the gesture & facial expression are of attentive listening. The spirit presence of Antonio Gramsci, translated by Henderson, appears in the background.
Scotland’s Voices is the new composite portrait by Alexander Moffat, companion work to his ‘Poets’ Pub‘ in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Two years in the making, Scotland’s Voices will be placed in a public gallery or museum in Scotland. However, its many preparatory drawings and paintings are available to individual buyers. The Gallery’s Own Art scheme, with the possibility of spreading payments over ten months Interest Free, wants to make these small studies as accessible as possible to interested buyers.
Alexander Moffat was head of painting and printmaking at Glasgow School of Art. He is also a writer, with several books written collaboratively with Alan Riach, Professor of Scottish Literature at Glasgow University. Alexander Moffat’s work is held in public and private collections nationally and internationally. He was awarded an OBE in 2006 for services to the arts.
Acrylic and pastel on paper
Purchased on Own Art: £30. a month for ten months Interest Free. Phone or e-mail the gallery to arrange.
Photo courtesy John Drummond