ALEA Glasgow, Scotland’s biggest gaming venue, will next week host its first ever art exhibition as part of its Chinese New Year celebrations.
The ‘Afterglow’ exhibition by Frank To, the Glasgow-based British-born Chinese artist with a burgeoning international reputation as a leading contemporary figurative painter, marks his return to his abstract painting origins.
“As a British-born Chinese, I’m delighted to bring my first exhibition of abstract paintings to my home city of Glasgow,” said To.
“Although I’m better known as a figurative painter, it was my abstracts which originally caught the attention of collectors of my work, including Sir Patrick Stewart and Deloitte.
“My abstracts are typically large scale and there is a distinct oriental influence evident in the work apparent in the use of elements such as fire and water and the deployment of bold and broad brush strokes, which I have inherited from my mother, an accomplished painter of Chinese calligraphy.
“My mother taught me Chinese calligraphy many years ago and I still use many of the techniques and materials from Chinese calligraphy painting in my abstracts.”
Paul Rety, managing director at Alea Glasgow, added: “Our annual Chinese New Year celebrations seem to grow in stature each year – and we’re delighted to welcome Frank, a leading local contemporary artist, to play a key part in our celebrations this year through our inaugural art exhibition.
“Alea has a long and proud tradition of playing an active role in the local community and we’re delighted to once again show our gratitude for the support we in turn receive from the local Chinese community by pulling out all the stops to make this year’s Chinese New Year celebrations bigger and better than ever!”
Open to all, Frank To’s ‘Afterglow’ exhibition will be on show at Alea’s Face-to-Face function room from 6.30pm on 7th and 8th February 2014.
With show stopping live entertainment, a luxurious casino, gaming floor and three cool bars, Alea Casino on the Clyde at Springfield Quay has a package to suit everyone and every budget.
It boasts 16 gaming tables including Punto Banco, Roulette, Blackjack and 3 card poker, as well as daily poker tournaments and cash poker tables. Alea operates a strict Challenge 25 policy.
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Date: 31st January 2014
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.
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