Alasdair Gray (born 1934) is a Scottish writer and artist, who trained as a painter at the Glasgow School of Art. He has continued to paint, and to make prints, alongside and often integrated with his writing. His most acclaimed work is his first novel Lanark, published in 1981 and written over a period of almost 30 years. It is now regarded as a classic, and has been described as "one of the landmarks of 20th-century fiction." Gray's works combine elements of realism, fantasy and science fiction, plus clever use of typography and his own illustrations. In addition to illustrating his own books he has also made prints (such as these, made with Glasgow Print Studio) in which the illustrations take precedent over the text, as here. These prints are very characteristic of his graphic style, and the wit and inventiveness of his illustration.