As Ithers See Him
A group show of contemporary interpretations of Robert Burns’ appearance.
The Artists – The Little Artists, David Begbie, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Brigid Collins, Calum Colvin, Rosie Dahlstrom, Nina Mae Fowler, Tom Gallant, Shannon Laing, David Mach, Robert Mach, Paul Morrison, Alexander Newley, Adrian Wiszniewski.
The Little Artists
John Cake and Darren Neave are the Little Artists. They live and work in the UK and have collaborated since 1995. the UK. Most well known for their recreations of the cultural and artistic using Lego. Their artworks have been exhibited internationally, from Beijing and Auckland to Paris and, of course, the UK.
David Begbie (b. 1955, Edinburgh) is world renowned for his innovative steel mesh sculpture which is exhibited, collected and imitated globally. He discovered the properties of his medium as a student at Winchester in 1977 and developed the idea as a post graduate at the Slade School of Sculpture, University College London.
Jake and Dinos Chapman
Dinos Chapman (b.1962, London, UK) received his BA at Ravensbourne College of Art in 1981 and his MA at the Royal College of Art in 1990. Jake Chapman (b.1966, Cheltenham, UK), received his BA at North East London Polytechnic in 1988 and his MA at the Royal College of Art in 1990. Jake & Dinos Chapman have exhibited internationally at the most prestigious art institutions. Selected solo exhibitions include: In the Realm of the Senseless, ARTER, Istanbul (2017); Magasin III, Stockholm (2016); Living With Dead Art, LD50 Gallery, London (2015); Homage To Freud, Eggs and Bacon, Gabriel Rolt, Amsterdam (2015)
Brigid Collins is an artist, illustrator and educator. She runs creative workshops for all ages and, for many years, worked as a lecturer at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, in Dundee, Scotland. Collins now teaches at Edinburgh College of Art and Leith School of Art and makes art in her studio at Albion Business Centre in Edinburgh.
Collins is passionate about forging a relationship between images and poetry, creating paintings and assemblages in 2 and 3D, often in collaboration with writers, poets and other artists. Underpinning her work is the joy of making things – handling materials and responding to their unique qualities and capabilities.
Publications have included ‘Room to Rhyme’ (2004) a lavishly illustrated edition of the text of a speech given by the poet, Seamus Heaney, “a place where thought happens…” (2006) an Artist’s Book with poet, Larry Butler and jewellery designer, Teena Ramsay and “For A’ That” (2009) an anthology of contemporary writing made in response to Robert Burns, with contributions from Janice Galloway, Kirsty Gunn, Bill Manhire, DBC Pierre and others.
Calum Colvin (b. 1961, Glasgow) has exhibited his work nationally and internationally for over thirty years since graduating from the Royal College of Art in London with an MA in Photography in 1985. He was a winner of one of the first Scottish Arts Council Creative Scotland Awards from which he created the acclaimed exhibition for the SNPG, ‘Ossian, Fragments of Ancient Poetry’ in 2001. He was awarded an OBE the same year and is Professor of Fine Art Photography at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee and is also Head of Contemporary Art Practice. Colvin’s artworks have been widely exhibited in venues as diverse as Orkney, Los Angeles and Ecuador.
Rosie Dahlstrom (b. 1993, Glasgow) is a painter based in Glasgow. In 2014 Dahlstrom graduated with a BA Hons Painting and Printmaking (First Class) from the Glasgow School of Art, and is a recipient of the Phoenix Bursary following the Mackintosh fire. Recent exhibitions include ‘Southside Salon’ (House for an Art Lover, 2017); ‘Princess Caroline: Adventures in Slime and Space’ with Kate Gallagher (Glasgow Project Room, 2017); ‘Confined Spaces’ (The Old Gaol, Campbeltown, 2016). Dahlstrom also presented her first solo exhibition, ‘Female Trouble’, at the Harbour Arts Centre in Irvine to mark International Women’s Day for the duration of March 2015.
Nina Mae Fowler
Nina Mae Fowler (b. 1981, London) graduated with a first-class degree in sculpture from Brighton University in 2003. She lives and works in Norfolk. Known for her sumptuously detailed large-scale drawings and installations, Nina Mae Fowler’s work interrogates themes of celebrity, beauty, power and sexuality. Preoccupied with Hollywood’s ‘Golden Age’, Fowler treats the period as a crucible of our own, revelling in its sheer visual richness at the same time as it critiques our culture’s obsession with stardom, as well as the ubiquitous presence of the photographic lens in the reception of imagery. Since her nomination for the BP Portrait Prize in 2008, Fowler’s work has won widespread acclaim.
In 2001 Tom Gallant held a fellowship at the Royal Academy Schools, followed by a residency at Stichting B.a.d, Rotterdam in 2003 and his first solo show at Museum 52 in 2004, Collector I. Gallant’s work is included in many major international collections and his recent exhibitions include Audacious, Denver Art Museum, Denver, Manus x Machina, Met Museum, New York City and Turkish Tulips, Bowes Museum. He is currently working towards a major public art installation in Berwick Street, Soho, London.
Douglas Gordon (b. 1966, Glasgow) from 1984 to 1988 studied at Glasgow School of Art, Scotland, and from 1988 to 1990, he studied at Slade School of Fine Art, London. Gordon has had numerous solo exhibitions including ARC Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France (2000); Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens (2000); Museu Serralves Contemporânea, Portugal (2000); Fondacio Joan Miro, Barcelona (2001); Geffen Contemporary at Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2001, traveled to Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada; Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City and many others. He has received several awards including the Turner Prize, London (1996); Premio 2000, Venice Biennale, Italy (1997); Hugo Boss Prize, Guggenheim Museum SoHo, New York (1998).
Shannon Laing graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone in 2014 and is now based on the Moray Coast where she is pursuing a career as a full-time artist and designer. As well as drawn portraits, Shannon also enjoys exploring other materials and mediums, and runs her own business ‘Clorty Cat Crafts’ which she uses to merge her art with jewellery to create quirky wearable artworks featuring her own illustrations.
After completing his MA at the Royal College, London, in 1982, Mach has lived and worked in London. He has worked extensively in many different countries and has work in many collections, both private and public. He is a Royal Academician, an Honorary Royal Scottish Academician and is Professor of Inspiration and Discovery at Dundee University. Mach has used every day, recognisable, mass-produced objects in multiples, notably newspapers, magazines, car tyres, matches, wire coat hangers and postcards throughout his career. He brings diverse items together from large-scale installations, to small, identifiable faces or figures with humour and social comment.
For over 30 years Robert Mach has primarily made sculpture, installation and collage for his brother David. During that period however he has consistently produced his own artwork, exhibiting in group and solo shows across the UK, particularly over the last few years now he is spending more time on his own practice. Although working in a variety of media, he has concentrated increasingly on expanding his work with foil wrappings. He utilises the brightly coloured wrappers from products such as the iconic Tunnocks Teacake to ‘gild’ sculpture and to produce 2-dimensional works. Shortlisted for the prestigious Ruskin prize in 2017 with ceramicist Simon Ward, he constantly “walks a tightrope between Art, Type-2 diabetes and tooth decay.”
Paul Morrison was born in 1966 in Liverpool and lives and works in Sheffield. Morrison graduated from Goldsmiths College in 1998 and has since developed an international reputation through major museum exhibitions and commissions. His solo institutional exhibitions to date include: Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, the Las Vegas Art Museum, Bloomberg Space in London, Kunsthalle Nürnburg, Magasin Grenoble, The Contemporary Museum in Honolulu, the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, the Aspen Art Museum, and UCLA’s Hammer Museum of Art, among others.
Constantly in demand for his powerful and sensitive portraiture, Newley has produced iconic portraits of leading figures in film and literature, including Oliver Stone, Billy Wilder, John Barry and William Goldman. Newley’s portraits of Gore Vidal and Christopher Reeve are in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC at The Smithsonian. His celebrated full-length portrait of Sir Nigel Hawthorne in character as mad King George III is in the permanent collection of the V&A. His monumental portrait head of Abraham Lincoln was acquired by the Lincoln Museum, in Lincoln, Illinois.
Adrian Wiszniewski RSA, HonFRIAS, HRSW (b.1958) creates work characterised by a strong drawing element and fertile imagination. Populated with contemplative figures set in vividly coloured Arcadian landscapes, his paintings are rich with symbolic, political and philosophical depths. Adrian Wiszniewski was born in Glasgow in 1958 and trained at Glasgow School of Art from 1979 to 1983. He was a leading figure in the revival of figurative painting in a group known as the New Glasgow Boys. His work can be found in many international collections such as the Gallery of Modern Art in New York, Metropolitan Museum, New York, Setagaya Museum, Tokyo, Japan, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Tate Britain, London and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Wiszniewski has had solo exhibitions in London, Sydney, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Ghent and Tokyo.