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Eden and After
© Alasdair Gray Foundation

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Eden and After About 1965 -1966

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
This hypnotic work is derived from ‘The Seventh Day of Creation - Eden and After’, a mural Gray painted in Greenhead Church in Glasgow, completed in 1963. Both mural and painting contain similar details, such as the black-cloaked figure of God, the reflective pool and the serpent with legs – creatures copied, as Gray stated, “from ‘The Miracle of Life’ and cigarette cards Dad gave me”. Yet this painting is unique in positioning the embracing Adam and Eve figures at such a captivating focal point. Their reflection adds a harmonious moment of tranquillity to the otherwise complex scene. Filled with fantastical creatures, raging fire, the tower of Babel and crucifixes on the distant hilltop, Gray’s composition follows, as he said, “the journey from the happy garden to the triumph of death.”

Glossary Open


The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.


An artwork or design attached or applied directly to a wall.

Composition, Mural


  • Acc. No. GMA 5131
  • Medium Oil on board
  • Size 62.70 x 55.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased 2010