'The Bookseller of Stromness' is a truly unique piece of social history captured on canvas. It combines a portrait of the current proprietor, Tam McPhail, within a surrealist tapestry of literary achievements. The literary and cultural atmosphere in Orkney, due to local talents such as George Mackay Brown, inspires authors from all over the world. Many of the covers are instantly recognisable as being written by Orcadians, or about Orkney or having an Orkney connection. The painting is all about connections and, in a small community, connections are the life-blood of the place, giving a sense of belonging and weaving people and place together.
Where to see this painting?
Hellihole Road, Stromness, Orkney Islands, Scotland, KW16 3DE
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purchased with a 50 per cent grant from the Art Fund and the National Fund for Acquisitions