FRANK To, the young Glasgow-based artist with a growing international reputation as a leading contemporary figurative painter, has sold half the paintings from his Mediaeval Plague Doctors exhibition on its opening weekend.
Begins a spokesperson: “To’s first major art show for two years, ‘The Human Condition’, opened on Friday 1 April, at The Leith Gallery in Edinburgh and has generated unprecedented levels of interest in the artist’s work, particularly from the financial sector – with some of his work having featured in a recent Deutsche Bank exhibition and Adam & Company – following Deloitte’s lead in recognising the investment potential in To’s paintings.
“‘The Human Condition’ comprises a series of figurative paintings, predominantly oil on canvas with two self-portraits using mixed media on paper.
“To said that a series of paintings depicting the Mediaeval Plague Doctors was inspired by both personal and national, historic and modern preoccupations and themes which have a direct bearing on the location of the exhibition as well as its content and form.”
He said: “This exhibition has exceeded all my expectations with regards to sales and the way it’s been received by the audience. I took a big gamble in creating work based on such a dark subject matter, but managed to infuse a bit of humour and wit into it which seems to have paid off!
“Things are tough in this current economic climate, especially in the arts. Many artists are giving up their ambitions and dreams, as are graduates from art school. My aim is to inspire all Scottish artists not to give in to the current economic climate.”
Showing at The Leith Gallery from 1-30 April, ‘The Human Condition’ features 22 paintings ranging in size from 14cm x 14cm up to 80cm x 110cm and in price from £550 up to £5,000.
For further information please contact Frank To on tel 07796 312613
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Date 6th April 2011
Notes to Editors
- Born in Falkirk in 1982, To graduated from the University of Huddersfield with a BA (Hons) Fine Art before going on to gain a Masters of Fine Art from Duncan of Jordanstone Art College where his tutor was Calum Colvin. In recent years, he has exhibited alongside some of the greats of the international art scene, including Banksy, Jimmy Choo and Antony Gormley.
- His work has featured in several national art fairs and shows in Bath, Harrogate, London, Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow and in the collection of Dundee University.
- Amongst To’s most famous collectors are Sir Patrick Stewart, the celebrated actor, and Deloitte.
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