Adrian Wiszniewski (Scottish b. 1958)
Byron and Annabella
Oil on canvas, titled on front and signed on reverse
Painting: 10" x 12"
Frame 17" x 19"
Adrian Wiszniewski was born in Glasgow in 1958. He was educated at the Mackintosh School of Architecture and then the Glasgow School of Art from 1979 to 1983. He was influenced by New Image painting in the early 1980s, combining figurative art with social commentary. And he belonged to a group known as the New Glasgow Boys where he played a leading role. They were known in the mid 1980s with their "figure paintings as redolent of fantasy and myth as they were attuned to the workings of contemporary thought and everyday life." He gave his first solo show in 1984 in London and Glasgow; the Tate acquired some of his paintings at that time.
Between 1986-87 his paintings resided at the Walker Gallery, Liverpool. Since then he tried different directions in his work. He was engaged with printmaking, sculpture, installations, furniture and interior design and writing. As an author he explored "new media as a central part of the art of communicating fresh ideas". In 2011 an exhibition of his recent paintings were shown at 108 Fine Art, Harrogate in a collaborative exhibition with the musician and artist Edwyn Collins.
He has worked with the Scottish Philharmonic Orchestra in the production of the musical narrative The Girl, The Boy and The Hag and Adrian wrote and illustrated an accompanying book.
Wiszniewski's paintings are held in collections including:
Gallery of Modern Art, New York
Metropolitan Museum, New York
Museum of Modern Art
Setagaya Museum, Tokyo
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
Tate Britain, London
Victoria and Albert Museum, London