» Skip to content

Published: 03 July 2021

By Andy Ross

Article of the week - number sixty-seven - Apollo and Daphne by Ian Hamilton Finlay

Ian Hamilton Finlay was born in the Bahamas and educated in Scotland where he created poetry, stories, prints, and gardens. 

In this work, entitled Apollo and Daphne, the figure of Daphne is seen transforming into a laurel tree, as related in the Greek legend which you can read here. The print was also conceived as a wall painting which you can see here in an exhibition in 2014. The grey squares on each end of the wall painting hold these words:

 

  AND EVEN AS SHE FLED

  SHE CHARMED HIM

  THE WIND BLEW HER GARMENTS

  AND HER HAIR STREAMED LOOSE

  SO FLEW THE GOD AND THE NYMPH -

  HE ON THE WINGS OF LOVE

  AND SHE ON THOSE OF FEAR

 

 

  AND EVEN AS SHE FLED

  THE REPUBLIC CHARMED HIM

  THE WIND BLEW HER GARMENTS

  AND HER HAIR STREAMED LOOSE

  SO FLEW THE YOUNG REVOLUTIONARY

  AND THE SHY REPUBLIC -

  HE ON THE WINGS OF LOVE

  AND SHE ON THOSE OF FEAR

 

 

   

The two figures were also printed onto banners, seen here in various galleries showing the artist's work.