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Adrian Wiszniewski

Artist Biography

Born in Glasgow in 1958 Wiszniewski began his studies at the Mackintosh School of Architecture (1975-79). He found himself being drawn to the world of fine art and transferred to Glasgow School of Art (1979-1983). Wiszniewski became a leading figure in the revival of figurative painting in a group known as the ‘New Glasgow Boys’. Wiszniewski’s work is characterised by a strong drawing element, fertile imagination and is populated with poetic, contemplative figures set in vividly coloured Arcadian landscapes, rich with symbolic, philosophical and political depths.

Wiszniewski’s thirst for expression and ability to adapt to different media has enabled him to successfully explore architecture, neon, design, sculpture, public art projects and the writing of three commissioned plays, which led to his first novel being shortlisted for Dundee International Book Prize. His paintings are in many international collections such as the Gallery of Modern Art in New York, Metropolitan Museum, New York, Setagaya Museum, Tokyo, Japan, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Tate Britain, London and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. In April 2014 Sansom and Company published a book of Wiszniewski’s work.

Honours and awards;

Haldane Trust Award 1982Cargill Scholarship, 1983

Mark Rothko Memorial Award, 1984

I.C.C.F. Best Design Award, New York, 1993

Lord Provost Gold Medal from City of Glasgow, 1999

Member of the Royal Scottish Academy, 2005

Honorary Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, 2012

Honorary member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour, 2013


Born – Glasgow 1958

Studied Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow 1975-1979

Degree and Post Graduate in Fine Art – Glasgow School of Art 1979-83

Haldane Trust Award 1982

Cargill Scholarship 1983

Mark Rothko Memorial Award 1984

Residency at Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 1986-87

I.C.C.F. Best Design Award, New York 1993

Lord Provost Gold Medal from City of Glasgow 1999

Shortlisted for Dundee International Book Prize for first novel “Touching Cloth” 2011

Honorary Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland 2012

Honorary member of R.S.W. 2013

Honorary member of R.G.I. 2015

Chair of Glasgow Print Studio 2017



Selected Exhibitions