William Neilly... 'glesca artist'

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glimpses of Times past

Glimpses of Times Past
Glasgow and Lanarkshire
Acrylic Paintings 
'glesca artist'  William M. Neilly


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.

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About 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,
he enjoys drawing and painting portraits, animals, cityscapes and landscapes.
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 South Africa.
          (glesca artist: b.3/12/47 -  d.25/2/21)

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ISBN: 978-1480237612

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

RRP: £9.99

(see more examples of his paintings on pages 1-5)

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The Author's books

'S P A M'
'Family life in Glasgow's East End'
'Memoirs of a Camlachian'

William Neilly... 'glesca artist'

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