Hundreds of artworks showcased at Paisley Art Institute’s 129th Annual Exhibition

Paisley Art Institute’s 129th Annual exhibition has opened and features hundreds of artworks by PAI member artists and open entrants, in one of the largest exhibition spaces in the West of Scotland at Paisley Museum and Art Galleries.

Hundreds of artworks showcased at Paisley Art Institute’s 129th Annual Exhibition

Founded in 1876, for the ‘encouragement and promotion of art’, the annual exhibition of painting and sculpture remains at the heart of the Paisley Art Institute’s calendar.

This year there are nearly 500 works on show including a significant number of 3D work in different media; rare to see so many sculptures on show in an exhibition of this size.

This year’s guest painter is Adrian Wiszniewski - a leading figure of the 1980's group of artists who brought about the resurgence of imaginative, figurative painting, influenced by Sandy Moffat OBE RSA, artist and lecturer at Glasgow School of Art.

Others in the group included Ken Currie, Steven Campbell and Peter Howson and collectively they became known as the 'New Glasgow Boys'.

An acclaimed contemporary Scottish painter and printmaker, his interest in architecture and design has led him to a range of projects and collaborations including speculative outdoor architecture, poetry, writing plays and even fashion design.

His work is held in the collections of major galleries world‐wide. Three works are on show that typify Adrian's pensive, wishful figures set in Arcadian backgrounds.

This year’s guest sculptor is Lys Hansen; one of Scotland's most important figurative expressionist painters. For her, art is a matter of life and death. It is not a matter of decoration.

Her work explores the human condition; “it has to examine some kind of truth and really mean something as the most extraordinary thing is ourselves and our lives and how we feel about those around us”.

She prefers to paint on a large scale as this opens up the work to the viewer allowing us to look at it, get into it and feel it.

Since 1985 she has worked regularly in Berlin; the city, its people, their lives and struggles have been a continuing source of inspiration. For the PAI Exhibition, Lys presents a series of painted wooden sculptures, cut naturally from fallen trees local to her village.

Commenting on the 129th Annual Exhibition, PAI’s President David Sutton, said: "This is an important year for Paisley and the Paisley Art Institute (PAI) is proud to be a supporter of its bid to become City of Culture 2021.

“The opening of the 129th annual open exhibition will celebrate one of the main objects in the constitution of the PAI, 'to encourage and promote art', largely intended for the people in Paisley originally but the Exhibition brings in visitors from all over Scotland and beyond. It's for the people, not just the artistic cognoscenti."

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