AboutTalbot Rice Gallery is pleased to present a survey exhibition of recent and new work by Andrew Grassie.
Grassie's practice over the past decade has slowly established him as one of the most individual artists working in Britain today. Grassie creates paintings of gallery interiors, often displaying temporarily borrowed pieces of other artists work. These not only reference the scale of a photograph, but equal it in detail; an updated, contemporary minature, painstakingly executed in egg tempera. Grassie often arranges the work in fictional exhibitions that only exist in the painting, and in doing so diversifies into the role of Curator - albeit a virtual one.
For his first major solo exhibition in Scotland, Talbot Rice Gallery has brought together a selection of the artist's output from the past ten years. Grassie will respond to this particular hang with new paintings of the installation itself, with the exhibition only being complete once these works take their place on the gallery walls.
Grassie's work makes us question art world values, and the inherently derivitive nature of contemporary art today. As onlookers, we are left to decide which has higher status the original artworks represented within the paintings by Grassie, or the actual picture plane that he creates.
Andrew Grassie was born in Edinburgh in 1966 and studied at St Martin's College of Art and the Royal College of Art in London in the mid to late eighties. The artist lives and works in London.