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Adrian WISZNIEWSKI Born 1958 -

Biography

Wiszniewski was born in Glasgow in 1958. He studied architecture at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, and then attended Glasgow School of Art from 1979 to 1983. He belonged to the group of Glasgow-based artists who led a revival of figurative painting in Scottish art during the 1980s with the exhibition Vigorous Imagination at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. In Wiszniewski's early work, the artist created densely patterned picture surfaces, covered with marks and squiggles. Later this gave way to the use of a plainer background. However the same dreamy, awkward-looking young men still appeared in his paintings. His work lies within the poetic, romantic tradition of British art.

Wiszniewski has worked with media as varied as neon and tapestry, painting
and sculpture, ceramics and printmaking. He is currently collaborating on a range of architectural projects and creating a series of rug designs for Stoddard Carpets. His work can be found in major public collections including M.O.M.A. New York, Tate, London and Setegaya, Tokyo.

Etching is one of the most traditional forms of printmaking. Instead of cutting directly into the metal surface with a sharp tool as with engraving, a coating of a black substance called ground (either the non-toxic method using acrylic or traditional Dutch mordant) is put on the printmaking plate and then the drawing if scratched onto this surface with an etching tool. The whole plate is immersed into an acid mixture, which 'bites' into the metal where the ground has been scratched away. The ground is then cleaned off, the plate inked and paper is pressed onto the surface usually through a heavy press machine. This technique is also an ‘intaglio' method.

Purchased with assistance from the National Fund for Acquisitions administered with Government funds by the National Museum of Scotland.