Andrew Grassie

This article is from 2008

Andrew Grassie

Local painter comes full circle with egg tempera-based show

There promises to be a lot of visitors doing a double-take in front of Andrew Grassie’s paintings at Edinburgh University’s Talbot Rice Gallery this summer. While a fleeting glance might suggest that the images are photographs, Grassie actually specialises in creating photo-realist works in egg tempera: a mode of painting more often related to works from the early Renaissance period than pieces of cutting-edge contemporary art.

Grassie’s subject matter is based around ideas of the art world, with paintings representing the backrooms of commercial galleries or installations of artwork, often arranged by the artist and only existing for the viewer through his paintings. The exhibition will present a selection of works produced over the last ten years, alongside several new paintings of the installation at Talbot Rice that will be executed after the exhibition has opened to the public. In this way, Grassie’s art comes full-circle; the exhibition becomes the art, then becomes the exhibition again.

Although born in Edinburgh, this will be Grassie’s first major solo show in Scotland, and promises to provide viewers with an insight into a first-rate artistic talent. His artwork is layered and complex, but it is all the more interesting for that.

Talbot Rice Gallery, Old College, South Bridge, 0131 650 2210, 1 Aug-27 Sep, free.

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Andrew Grassie

  • 3 stars

Survey exhibition of recent and new work, showcasing Grassie's deceptive photo-realist paintings of Modernist exhibitions. An exploration of the derivative nature of contemporary art which may amuse theorists but alienate the casual viewer.

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