Neilly... 'glesca artist'
Glimpses of Times
Glasgow and Lanarkshire
'glesca artist' William
Bridgeton and Dalmarnock in the East End of the City of Glasgow,
once the manufacturing and industrial heart of the city, suffered a
long period of economic decline between the mid-twentieth century and
the early twenty-first century. Tens of thousands of jobs were lost and
the demolition of factories and tenements created large pockets of
vacant and derelict land that remained until the area became the heart
of one of the UK's largest regeneration areas just prior to the Glasgow
2014 Commonwealth Games.
"Glimpses of Times Past" is a book of original paintings by William M. Neilly, aka 'glesca artist', of the area surrounding the Athletes'
Village of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, in the heart of one of
the UK's largest regeneration areas.
It captures everyday life as it
was when the artist/author was a child growing up in Bridgeton and
Dalmarnock in the East End of Glasgow during the 1950s and 60s. His
nostalgic paintings are comprehensively captioned with snippets of
local history and include images of famous and historic landmarks such
as Bridgeton Cross Umbrella, the Olympia Building and the Scottish
Baronial style, Rutherglen Town Hall. There are also images of
buildings, structures and transport of bygone days in the book.
The book is primarily intended
for all those many thousands of people who lived and worked in the area
or who were relocated during the long period of economic decline. It is
hoped that for them fond memories will come flooding back and for
others, the book will give a glimpse of the past in the place which
they have visited during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, or the
place in which they will make their home and place of work following
regeneration of the area over the next two decades under the auspices
of the Clyde Gateway project.
the Author: William Murray Neilly, aka 'glesca artist', was born and bred
in the East End of Glasgow. He graduated
BSc Civil Engineering from the University
of Strathclyde and worked for
over three decades as a Chartered Civil Engineer
in contracting and
local government. Partially colour blind and a self-taught artist,
enjoys drawing and painting portraits, animals, cityscapes and
His paintings are admired by
collectors in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Greece,
Australia and the
United States of America.
Accolades have also been received from across
the United Kingdom, Canada,
United States of America, New Zealand and
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BISAC code: ART050020
Category: Art/ Subjects
& Themes/ Landscapes
Publisher: Create Space
Independent Publishing Platform (March 2013)
Format: Paperback; Full
Colour on White Paper; 46 pages
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