Adrian Wiszniewski: A Retrospective Auction
Glasgow born artist, Adrian Wiszniewski, offered a collection of his work in a unique retrospective auction at Lyon & Turnbull on the 25th August 2010. The sale included over 60 of his works, many never seen before, in mediums including paintings, prints, sculpture, neon, textile and ceramic.
“I was looking round my studio and home thinking I need more space and I thought ‘why not have a sale’? It has been incredibly therapeutic, I have found things I hadn’t seen for years as well as items I have had on the wall at home. I feel it is time for a change and a clear out - it will allow me to move on to my next phase of work”. Adrian Wiszniewski
Wiszniewski was born in Glasgow in 1958. He studied architecture at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, and then fine art at Glasgow School of Art from 1979 to 1983. He made his name as the most versatile and distinctive of the famous ‘New Glasgow Boys’, a term coined for the young painters who came out of the Glasgow School of Art and led the revival of figurative painting in Scottish art during the 1980s. Their international standing was confirmed with exhibitions worldwide, plus the acclaimed Edinburgh Festival exhibition, The Vigorous Imagination, held at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in 1987.
His bold and vibrant pictures of languid young men inhabiting dreamlike Arcadian settings are impressive. For Wiszniewski's paintings combine the appealing innocence of delicate visual poetry with strong, decorative, linear draughtsmanship. Thus he hints at Britain's long tradition of romantic art while nevertheless, his work is completely contemporary, totally of today.
Wiszniewski’s work can be found in 33 major public collections including M.O.M.A. in New York, Tate in London and Setegaya in Tokyo.