Alex Main was born in Edinburgh. He studied in London to be a sculptor at Loughborough College of Art in 1979 and then Goldsmiths.
The Scotsman’s art critic Duncan McMillan once described him as “possibly Scotland’s greatest living portrait sculptor”.
However, the recognition that most pleased Main was the cementing of his place in Scottish art history by having works held in the national collection. Julie Lawson, chief curator of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, says: “Alex Main was a sculptor of great skill and originality. His remarkable portraits of George Mackay Brown and Norman McCaig are among the most important recent additions to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
His artist spirit was boundless while underpinned by the strong influences that held him in a constant state of curiosity and passion for the process he developed to make it his own. His early influences were Alberto Giacometti
His work can be found in the collection of SNPG.
He also produced the memorial for George Gunn at Dunbeath harbour.
Alex Main Retrospective Catalogue 2016 PDF: