Adrian Wiszniewski

The Citizens (Robert David MacDonald, 1929 - 2004; Philip Prowse, b. 1937; Giles Havergal, b. 1938) (1995)

About this artwork

The vibrant colours of this canvas suggest that these three men lead creative lives. The sitters were the artistic directors of Glasgow's Citizens Theatre, world-famous for the originality of its productions. Robert David MacDonald (left) was renowned for his translations and adaptations, Philip Prowse (centre) is a highly respected director and designer, while Giles Havergal (right) is a noted director and leading actor. They could be sitting on one of their stage sets, or in a stylised natural landscape - the artist leaves it to the viewer to decide.

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.