Adrian Wiszniewski

Bound to Love and Cherish (1984)

About this artwork

Wiszniewski’s inspiration is eclectic and he draws on a variety of sources ranging from the Old Masters to Surrealism, Modernism and Conceptualism. He is interested in artists such as Jasper Johns and Bruce Nauman, who shared a fascination in the relationship between text and image. ‘Bound to Love and Cherish’ is an extremely large charcoal drawing that is a direct response to Nauman’s ‘Henry Moore: Bound to Fail’, from 1967-70, which shows the back of a torso, tied up. In his drawing, Wiszniewski depicts a figure tied up in a similar way, but has introduced a note of romance, through the title and another figure reclining on a chaise-long within a candlelit room. Both artists have played with the semantics of the word ‘bound’ as meaning both ‘tied’ and ‘destiny’ or ‘likely’.

  • title: Bound to Love and Cherish
  • accession number: GMA 3043
  • artist: Adrian WiszniewskiScottish (born 1958)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Work on paper
  • medium: Charcoal on paper
  • date created: 1984
  • measurements: 201.00 x 287.00 cm
  • credit line: Purchased 1987
  • copyright: © ADRIAN WISZNIEWSKI
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

Adrian Wiszniewski

Adrian Wiszniewski

Wiszniewski was born in Glasgow. He studied architecture at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, then attended Glasgow School of Art from 1979 to 1983. He belonged to the group of Glasgow-based artists who led a revival of figurative painting in Scottish art during the 1980s. In Wiszniewski's early work, the artist created densely patterned picture surfaces, covered with marks and squiggles. Later this gave way to the use of a plainer background. However the same dreamy, awkward-looking young men still appeared in his paintings. His work lies within the poetic, romantic tradition of British art.