Bella Caledonia by Alasdair Gray (2007)
By Kevin Brown and Dominika Nasilowski
Alasdair Gray as moral philosopher
The Glasgow based artist, writer and polymath Alasdair Gray is known for many things: for a plethora of landmark novels and other written works that bulk large in the cultural self awareness of modern day Scotland; for his breathtaking murals scattered across the land from Glasgow to Dunfermline; and for a unique and distinctive artistic style now avidly collected by both public galleries and private collectors. Google ‘Alasdair Gray art’ and the hundreds of striking images of paintings, drawings, prints and murals that will appear barely scratch the surface of Gray’s vast oeuvre.
I would argue that Gray’s gigantic range of creative accomplishments, while important, are really just bagatelles in terms of his cultural significance. His true importance to Scotland is in his life long praxis as a visionary moral philosopher…
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