About this artwork
The artist painted this cheerful picture two days after his son, Max, was born. The idyllic scene of father and son fishing reflects the artist's relief at the arrival of a healthy child. The kingfisher, with a fish in its beak, acts the part of a stork delivering a baby. The fish also has a child, which it spits out. Wiszniewski drew the composition directly on the canvas with a felt-tip pen before applying bright acrylic colour very sparingly.
- title: Kingfisher
- accession number: GMA 3042
- artist: Adrian WiszniewskiScottish (born 1958)
- depicted: Adrian Wiszniewski
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Painting
- subject: Animals Families
- materials: Acrylic and felt-tip pen on canvas
- date created: 1987
- measurements: 213.50 x 213.50 cm
- credit line: Purchased 1987
- copyright: © ADRIAN WISZNIEWSKI
- photographer: Antonia Reeve
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.