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21st Century Women - Backdoor Gallery Clydebank

In March 2020, we created an exhibition for Clydebank Museums, presenting a selection from amongst the many talented contemporary women artists who have had solo exhibitions in Compass Gallery over the past 50 years. Due to lockdown, the exhibition could not open formally. Therefore, to give it the showcase it deserves and to our audience the opportunity to see it, we have now recreated it on the walls of Compass Gallery and are sharing it online for you to enjoy. This exhibition focuses on painters but there are hundreds more practicing artists who have shown in Compass Gallery across the disciplines of drawing, sculpture, printmaking and other media. Today contemporary women artists are thriving, with increasing opportunities for them to express themselves and exhibit their work. However, they often have to juggle balancing the complexities of life whilst seeking out that precious time needed to gather inspiration and find time to create. Prior to the 1960’s, women artists had little opportunity to show their work. In 1969 Compass Gallery was founded to promote the work of contemporary living artists, giving many women their first opportunity exhibit solo. Often their varied, sometimes life-challenging experiences and their strong emotional thoughts enrich their images. The commitment of all the artists in this show is unquestionable. Some now have very established careers, some are just beginning their journey. All have been generous enough to share their individual and private thoughts with us, the onlookers, for our enjoyment. All works are for sale, the proceeds of which go directly towards supporting the artists and Compass Gallery.

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Quiet World

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.

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Adrian Wiszniewski RSA - Prudence perched in Paris

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 **

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Books and Catalogues

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