FAS Edinburgh
26th October - 18 November 2017

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This year marks the 30th anniversary of the exhibition The Vigorous Imagination: New Scottish Art presented at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in 1987 as the lead Edinburgh International Festival art exhibition.

The exhibition showcased the works of 17 young artists who were making waves on the international art scene, featuring the powerful new wave of figurative art then prevalent. These included the ‘New Glasgow Boys’: Steven Campbell, Peter Howson, Ken Currie, Adrian Wiszniewski; sculptor David Mach; photographer-installation artists Calum Colvin and Ron O'Donnell, and painters Sam Ainsley, Philip Braham, Gwen Hardie, Ian Hughes, Keith McIntyre, June Redfern, Mario Rossi, Joseph Urie & Kate Whiteford. It was a proud pronouncement that visual art in Scotland was vibrant, intelligent and in touch with the zeitgeist which swept across Europe during the 1980s. Since then, many of the artists have become household names. This group came to influence the wider artistic landscape in Scotland and The Vigorous Imagination paved the way for the current crop of international artists whose fame attests to the vibrancy of Glasgow as a pivotal centre for contemporary art.

The Fine Art Society in Edinburgh is exhibiting new work from these artists alongside their work from the 1980s, offering a rare chance to see a ground breaking group of work over a 30 year span.

Steven Campbell & Ian Hughes, both deceased, will be represented by historical works.

A concurrent exhibition The Vigorous Imagination – Revisted is taking place at Roger Billcliffe Gallery in Glasgow, showcasing new works. Details at billcliffegallery.com
Peter Howson
The Noble DosserJune Redfern
Running Figure 1987Stephen Conroy
Wireless Vision Accomplished 1987Mario Rossi
Constellation 4Keith McIntyre Un RotisseurPhilip Braham 
Tidal Swell, Firth of ForthKen Currie
Man with Tatoos 1987Ian Hughes
Portrait of Peter HowsonAdrian Wiszniewski
IlluminatiMario Rossi
Annex 1 2012Kate Whiteford
TondoJoseph Urie
Images from the Past 2017June Redfern
Holding Back The TideKen Currie 
MandibleKate Whiteford
Proposal for NGMA InstallationRon O'Donnell
Wild Flowers SeriesCalum Colvin
VanitasKeith McIntyre
Berneray Thistles IMario Rossi
Constellation 1Gwen Hardie
Waiting Figure 1985Mario Rossi
Phenomenon 1870 I 1986Gwen Hardie
Body 08.18.17David Mach
Local HeroPeter Howson
Bairds, 1987Sam Ainsley
Passion, Imagination, Conscience 1987Sam Ainsley
Alien LandscapeMario Rossi
Constellation 3Peter Howson
Bar 67 [Study], 1987Ron O'Donnell
The Antechamber of Rameses V in the Valley of the Kings 1985Stephen Conroy
Life Study IIISam Ainsley
Reaping the Whirlwind 1987Peter Howson
Cabin, 1987Philip Braham
Lightning Seizes the ForestDavid Mach
VesselPeter Howson 
Griffin 2017Mario Rossi
Constellation 2Ian Hughes
Kierling IJoseph Urie
Beauty and the Beast 1988Ron O'Donnell
Wild Flowers SeriesCalum Colvin
Venus 1988Steven Campbell
The Chinese ClamAdrian Wiszniewski
Islander 1984
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