George Wyllie PPSSA 1921 – 2012

It is with great sadness that the family and Friends of George Wyllie announce the death of renowned Scots artist and writer, George Wyllie.

George Wyllie died in hospital in Inverclyde on Tuesday May 15 at the age of 90 following a short illness.

The artist, a resident of Gourock for over 50 years, was best known for his Straw Locomotive and Paper Boat ‘social sculptures’. He famously described himself as a ‘scul?tor’ because he claimed that the question mark was too important to be left to the end.

Arts writer Jan Patience, chair of the Friends of George Wyllie said: “George Wyllie was a remarkable artist who reached out beyond the confines of the art gallery scene and connected with real people all over the world through his thought-provoking art.

“He had the knack of making you ask questions, of not accepting the status quo. His mind was constantly enquiring, and his art was constantly pushing out barriers. That is his legacy.”

George Wyllie_Cac-Tapw

George was President of the Society of Scottish Artists from 1986-1989

George’s Funeral is to be held at 11.00am Wednesday 23rd May 2012 at the Greenock Crematorium PA16 8UG

Furher information visit:

Click here to read a Tribute to George Wyllie by Keith Bruce Arts Editor of The Herald

Portrait ©Allan Peebles, Artwork title ‘Cac-tap’ ©SSA