While the world is still turning, everything has changed. Planes don't fly overhead, playgrounds don't ring with voices, crowds don't roar. Most of us are living quieter lives, with more time and space for reflection. A Quiet World is an online exhibition, curated to soothe the mind. A collection of intimate moments from a range of artists who have exhibited with us in Compass Gallery over the years.

In this exhibition of new paintings and works on paper, Adrian presents us with a suite of charming figurative drawings. They are paired down in their simplicity, fine and linear, focussing on the characters and their story. In a change from his more vivid colours, he paints in delicate softer shades, blocking out the background affecting both the composition and mood of the painting. In contrast, there are also several new paintings in stark, graphic black and white. The characteristic thick outlines we are so used to seeing in Wiszniewski’s distinctive style have become more delicate, like lacework and calligraphy. Duncan Macmillan, art critic, writes “there is something of Matisse in the purity of his line.” Drawing for Adrian is fundamental and essential. Over the years he has explored many different art forms such as sculpture, tapestry, printmaking, installations and ceramics. The thread that runs through the decades and defines his distinctive individuality is his fertile imagination and superb illustrative draughtsmanship. His bold, large figurative and landscape paintings demonstrate a unique and unmistakable style, his subjects are diverse and often allegorical, in the final result he takes us on a dazzling visual journey. Adrian rose to prominence in 1984 after graduating from Glasgow School of Art. He presented his debut solo show in Compass Gallery, becoming a leading figure in a revival of figurative painting in Scottish Art as part of a group known as The New Glasgow Boys. Rapid recognition and success followed in London and internationally, and he has had numerous solo and mixed exhibitions worldwide. Works in public collections include the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; Glasgow Museums; The Gulbenkian Foundation; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Setagaya Museum, Tokyo; Tate Britain, London. He has completed major large commissions for the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral; the GOMA Cafe; the Millennium Tower, Hamilton. ** Due to the current situation with Covid-19, the gallery will remain open with shortened hours of 9.30-4.30 Mon-Fri & 10-4 Sat, and the exhibition dates are being extended. Please do continue to visit us. This is an exhibition not to be missed **

This exhibition presents a selection of work by some of the talented women artists who have held solo exhibitions in Compass Gallery since it was founded in 1969. A not-for-profit charity, the gallery is renowned for supporting the newly emerging contemporary living artists at the start of and throughout their developing careers. **Due to the current situation with Covid-19, regretfully, the Clydebank Museum and the Backdoor Gallery, Dalmuir have had to close. The 21st Century Women exhibition is being returned to Compass Gallery, where we will make an opportunity to show it on our walls. We are extending the run of the Adrian Wiszniewski exhibition, but can accommodate it in part in Compass Gallery. Whilst the gallery will remain open, our opening hours will temporarily be 9.30am – 4.30pm Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm Sat **.

Cornwall based art potter Linda Styles has a strong painterly approach to her ceramics and exciting range of colour intensity, which gives a fresh insight into contemporary ceramics today. Her pots are a luscious visual feast, dynamic sculptural forms, multi-fired and multi-surfaced. Linda came to clay relatively late having led as she describes a ‘colourful’ life, making her debut appearances as an undergraduate at the Tate Gallery in St Ives (1994), moving onto Ceramic Contemporaries 2 at the V&A Museum, London (1995). Her work is held in public and private collections including the Gregg Museum of Folk Art, North Carolina, USA. She was commissioned by Sir Terence Conran to make a range of breakfast tableware. She is a lecturer in Contemporary Crafts; Course manager, curator and researcher at the Combined University of Cornwall, and has directed Arts Council, Heritage Lottery and EU funded public art projects at Falmouth’s Municipal Gallery. Linda’s practice relates to the exploration of the emotive and instinctual, her main purpose being to use unorthodox expressions of surface and form. She mainly works from memory and reflection, mostly in her studio surrounded by chemicals, clay and kilns. Her range of colours are discordant, yet harmonic; gouged out infills underlaid with dense earth pigments and oxides, swathes of matt opaque interspersed with glassy pools of intense saturation. Colour, line and space merging background into object, object into background, suggestive, evocative and always open to interpretation. She is purposely referencing the essence of figuration within form and surface. “I like the juxtaposition of the vague and the definite. The distortions and angles give a recognisable personality that prompts an emotional response. Some tell a story of what I know of human nature good and bad. I continue to take absolute pleasure in the fact that collectors tell me that my ceramics enhance and brighten their lives just by being present and therefore part of the most intimate spaces…home.” Her work is exciting, vibrant, a heady mix of quirky, haunting and thoughtful.

New books and catalogues. Past exhibition catalogues and older books.