The Glasgow Art Club: Established 1867
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THE GLASGOW ART CLUB ALWAYS WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS
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The Glasgow Art Club provides a vibrant and creative environment where artists and lay members can gather, exchange ideas, and gain inspiration. Whether you are an established artist, a budding talent or an art enthusiast, becoming a member of the Glasgow Art Club offers opportunities to showcase your artwork, attend unique events, have fascinating talks, and connect with like-minded individuals.
Our impressive Gallery space represents the best of Scottish contemporary art for sale. It is host to a diverse and innovative range of exhibitions including the Scottish Portrait Awards, the Paisley Art Institute annual exhibition and the Glasgow School of Art. It also lends itself fantastically well to regular live music events, we really do have something for everyone!
Founded in 1867 by a group of amateur artists, the Club grew quickly to include many notable artists (including James Guthrie, E. A. Walton, and several other Glasgow Boys), the Club is housed in a historic building, adding to its charm and character. One of its notable features is the Gallery added to the two original townhouses in 1893 and designed by the famed Glasgow architect John Keppie, who employed a then-young Charles Rennie Mackintosh to undertake aspects of the detailed design. Mackintosh's distinctive style is evident in the design, making it a notable highlight for art enthusiasts and visitors.
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Anything Goes (2023 Members Winter Exhibition)
The Club’s Exhibiting Artist members have staged their Winter exhibition in response to a brief that encourages them to produce work according to their desires. The exhibition features the work of several new Exhibiting Artist members who have recently joined the Club. An opportunity to see new and imaginative work in the Club’s main ground floor gallery space. The exhibition is complimented by an exhibition by recent Exhibiting Graduate members entitled ‘On the Shoulders of Giants‘ and an exhibition of members' small works.
On the Shoulders of Giants - Nov 24th to Jan 12th 2024 -
The phrase "standing on the shoulders of giants" is a metaphor which means “using the understanding gained by those who have gone before in order to make intellectual progress”. On this line of thought, the Glasgow School of Art Fine Art graduates who are bringing this show to life are also using this precious time and beautifully historic space at the Glasgow Art Club to perhaps reflect on the artistic giants they have encountered and will encounter on their individual paths to creative success. This group are now peeling away the layers to reveal their artistry, refine their styles and strengthen their growing practices. The work showcased in this unique exhibition will speak to a range of media, techniques and subject matter that are personally intwined with each individual artist involved. We warmly invite you to bask in the elegant beauty of these walls, and to open your hearts and minds to the creative interpretations of the cohort who are now gracing the scene of Glasgow’s art world.
Featured Artist :
“Heather in Red and Green” 100 x 50 cm Oil on canvas 2014 Winner of the Arnold Clark award at the 128th Annual Exhibition of the Paisley Art Institute in 2015) – NFS Lewis MacKenzie (b. 1981) is a contemporary impressionist painter based near Glasgow in Scotland. His work features in numerous private collections and has appeared in exhibitions by the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, The Royal Glasgow Institute and the Paisley Art Institute, as well as in several private art galleries in Glasgow, Edinburgh and London. In 2023, he appeared on Sky Portrait Artist of the Year, was shortlisted for the Inaugural Scottish Landscape Awards, and was awarded the Murray and McGregor Prize at the Scottish Prize for Fine Art. An art school drop-out, Lewis trained as a biologist and worked for several years in a cancer lab before rekindling his lifelong love of drawing and painting in the early 2010s. He draws influences from the masters of past eras, such as Velasquez, Vermeer, Guthrie, Sargent, and the Boston School Impressionists. His interests range from portraiture to still life and landscape. ARTIST’S STATEMENT I am a contemporary impressionist painter, which is to say that I am a painter of light. I work primarily within the tradition of naturalistic representational painting because I feel that this art form is timeless and has the power to speak simply and directly to universal aspects of human experience. You could say that my paintings are an attempt to communicate my care for the world and my endless fascination with its visual aspect. To me, the visual world is a symphony of unaccountable and astonishing richness – even the most tawdry or quotidian subject can be a source of wonder and amazement. In my work, I try to draw forth the poetic…Read More