HANNA KACINIEL AND ROWAN ROSIE
TWO PERSON SHOW
Saturday 30th January to Sunday 7th February 2021
SELECT YOUR PAINTING
Call 0141 942 4683 if you have any questions. We can send you photos or have a videocall with you.
We recommend that you make any selection quickly as this is likely to be a HIGH SELLING show due to the artistic importance of both of these artists.
THE NEW SERIES
We are very fortunate to have the work of Hanna Kaciniel.
There is a significant art void in modern 'on canvas' art within the Scottish market. Kaciniel spotted the opportunity and has re-positioned in order to now dominate that space.
For the first 12 years of her life she knows what it was like to live behind the Iron Curtain (Poland) when, ideologically, every aspect of your life was controlled by the state.
When you combine three factors - her exceptional artistic talent, her life experience and her warm character, we get to see something (artistically) very special.
You might say, but these are just reproductions of cakes and sweets etc.
I can assure you they are much more intellectual and underpinned than that. As a gallery we look at the engineering of the art - where it sits on the art grid and what the artist and their art will bring to play. In 30-40 or 100 years time. Scottish Art history will reflect on the period and revel in Kaciniel's critical contribution to our record of society in this period.
We would suggest that a sense of the art-longevity is one of the most important decisions when considering the power of a current-period painting purchase.
On the surface it might be teacakes but they reflect on the popular culture of layers of the current generations (including our grandparents and parents). A post-war renewal phase when we saw some dramatic lifestyle changes with the expansion of modern consumerism driven by powerful brands and corporations and highly effective new mass marketing and advertising. We were taught how to be modern and eat and snack and generally indulge ourselves.
In any contemporary period assessment, we enjoy these paintings because they reflect many of the consumption icons that invoke pleasure and remind us of our self-indulgence.
That said, when history looks back at this period there might be an alternative not-so-pleasant reflection on society's behaviour.
Kaciniel's double-entendre paintings offer a brilliant and insightful examination and encapsulation of the essence of our 'popular culture' and a flavour (excuse the pun) of the attitudes of a generation.
These paintings are also so special because there are so few of the them. This quality of painting (hyper-realism) takes an inordinate amount of artistic time to produce. Their lifelong rarity
value makes them especially important and valuable.
Some art techniques lend themselves to fast production - these do not.
You might see Kaciniel produce new development forms through time. This new series (listed below), which removes the negative white space takes even longer to produce.
These are paintings that you will never classify as 'forgettable'. One look at a Kaciniel painting and it auto-stirs and reminds us of a whole 'developed' bed of consumption emotions that recent generations have been brainwashed to love and appreciate.
Hopefully you will now understand why are are very lucky to have Kaciniel's oversight - at whatever level you choose to look at them - they represent a quite brilliant contribution to Scotland's art development !
You CAN and SHOULD own one (.... or two, or three) !
THE NEW SERIES
THE CURRENT SERIES
OUR LIFE IS STILL OUT THERE
Rowan Rosie is a powerful new force in Scottish art.
Born in 1994, she trained at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee (2012-16).
Her language is abstraction, which will be one of the fastest growing areas in Scottish art in the next phase of development.
Indeed, Rowan Rosie will be one of the main players in that phase.
For this show 'Our Life is Still Out There' Rosie explores some of the psychology that we experience when we are constrained, just as we have been in our disturbed Covid-19 year - our natural desire to escape, recover our freedoms and get our lives back to normal.
We were attracted to Rowan because she is such a likeable and positive character, a free spirit, full of energy and fun and light.
She has a lovely artistic freshness.
This body of new work (topically) examines two aspects of thought when we are locked down - firsty, what we are (nostalgically) missing in terms of foreign travel and secondly, a re-look and appreciation of the beauty of what we actually have on our doorstep (in Glasgow and across Scotland). She is reminding us that the life and freedoms that we were previously content with are still out there - 'everything is still there and life will return'.
Her approach is modern. She does not want to be representational (to represent a reality) but rather seeks to connect with the viewer through a more modern language - abstraction (achieving the same effect using shapes, colours and textures).
The subjects are drawn from her own experience, whether travel to Australia, the Far East, her studio life in Glasgow or her recent trips around the Western Isles of Scotland. The places don't actually matter - she is abstracting the subject but conveying a generic sense of the emotional experience and place rather than any specific geography.
Her brilliant mark-making reflects the positive dynamics of her personality - her paintings are designed to evoke excitement and are full of colours, energy, expressive and bold gestures that cleverly lure and carry the eye round the canvas, drawing the viewer in to her story. Rosie is both articulate and intelligent. She knows how to create a story fabric and entertain the viewer using thick and thin brushmarks, lines and rich colour contrasts where her marks might suggest buildings, landscapes, people and social interaction or even dance and rhythm.
In producing her paintings, Rowan is translating all of the emotions that we feel when we travel, enjoy ourselves or experience a scene of great character and beauty, into a visually engaging abstract that we can study, enjoy and reflect on.
Each painting will act as an important marker to remind us of our recovery from this rather shocking and thought-altering period in our lives.
Abstraction is a modern form. There is no identifyable presence in her paintings - I can't see people, or a tree or a building !
Abstract Expressionism dominated art development over 70 years ago in the 1940's. At this point informed (sophisticated) art taste moved beyond the need for realism and started to appreciate this new, more progressive art form.
Scotland needs to move forward (albeit 70 years late) and embrace the wonderful, rich artistic qualities of abstraction and Rowan Rosie's stunning show paintings give you a great opportunity to start (or extend) your enlightenment.
Why not push yourself out of your comfort box ? It might be time for change of approach and modernisation of attitude. This show represents a great junction for you to refresh and (catch up) move forward !