Star / Steer
© Ian Hamilton Finlay

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Star / Steer 1966

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
In the early 1960s Finlay began publishing 'concrete poetry', poems which rely on physical shape, structure and repetition of words rather than on syntax or narrative. The shape of the words in this print mimics the zigzag movement of a ship through the water. One 'star' stands out from the rest, as it is in slightly smaller writing. This may represent the North Star, which is used in nautical orientation. Much of the artist's work of the mid-1960s was inspired by fishing boats and the sea, playfully associating words with visual images.


  • Acc. No. GMA A4.417
  • Medium Screenprint
  • Size 57.00 x 44.30 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1975