Adrian Wiszniewski (born in Glasgow in 1958) remains best known as one of the 'New Glasgow Boys', who shot to prominence in the mid-1980s with huge, exuberant figure paintings as redolent of fantasy and myth as they were attuned to the workings of contemporary thought and everyday life.
Acquisitions by the Tate in 1985 and the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1986 led to his work being acquired by many public collections in the UK and internationally. Between 1986-87 he was artist in residence at the Walker Gallery, Liverpool.
Wiszniewski is known for his large-scale figurative paintings, which are dominated by self-parody, and a reflective tone. Often extemporized, they portray languid young men inhabiting a world of their own dreams. His imagery is personal and often obscure, as ideas and images connected freely in a multi-layer and often dreamlike way.
His many awards include the Haldane Trust Award in 1982, the David Cargill Scholarship in 1983, the Mark Rothko Memorial Award in 1984, the I.C.C.F. Best Design Award, New York in 1993 and the Lord Provost Gold Medal from City of Glasgow in 1999.
Wiszniewski has had solo exhibitions in London, Sydney, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Ghent and Tokyo.
SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS:
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Walker Gallery, Liverpool
Metropolitan Museum, New York
Setagaya Museum, Tokyo
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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