Colours glow and fantasies pulse in Adrian Wiszniewski’s paintings.
Large, expansive canvases with just as much impact, the presence of
his works are immediately palpable. The figures depicted within have
been likened to Dorian Gray, eternally young, flawless, not a hair out of
place on their glossy auburn heads. No blue eye is panicked, no mouth
grimaces, no expression is perturbed. Their eyes tell a different story
though; they glimmer with full knowledge of their fate, as if their entire
future narrative has already played out in front of them.
Such is the game when looking at Wiszniewski’s paintings — he expects
his viewers to work at un-scrabbling his stories. It is part of the fun. A
kaleidoscope of colour and composition, beautifully painted, arranged
on the wall as if solely for our enjoyment.
Adrian Wiszniewski came to prominence as one of the famous New Glasgow Boys
who led the revival of figurative painting in Scottish art in the 1980s.
Their international standing was confirmed in 1987 with exhibitions
worldwide, plus the acclaimed Edinburgh Festival Exhibition, The
Vigorous Imagination, held at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern
Art. Adrian Wiszniewski first trained as an architect, then as a painter, both at
Glasgow School of Art, which has produced so many art world stars in
the last 25 years.
Eternally young and wonderfully new, his upcoming solo exhibition at
Beaux Arts London will undoubtedly delight and amaze. New Works
runs from 14th November to 15th December 2012.