We were recently contacted by a relative of Glasgow School of Art alumnus Fred Pollock, who was a student at the School in the 1950s. Ronan Pollock (Fred’s son) very kindly sent us a link to a short documentary film he has made about his father called Portrait of an Abstract Artist. The documentary gives an insight into the work of Fred Pollock, and perspective on what it was like to be an art student in Glasgow in the 1950s.
Fred Pollock, No.1 Sunspots, 150×232 cm, Acrylic on Canvas, 1987-1998. Image sourced from ‘Abstract Critical’.
While we were aware of artists like John Byrne and Alasdair Gray who were students at the School around this time, and have annual reports, prospectuses and other documentation for these years which provide a flavour of what the School was like then, we don’t have very much in the way of artwork in our collection from this period so it’s exciting to see examples of Fred Pollock’s work in the film. We also know little about what the School was like in terms of its relationship with Glasgow more widely during this period, so it’s interesting to get a sense of the juxtaposition between art and the industrial landscape that must have been so apparent in the city at this time.
Coming soon to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow an evening with Hugh Buchanan ‘Words and Deeds’. Hugh Buchanan is an artist that has worked on commissions for the House of Commons, National Trust and Prince of Wales and is coming to Glasgow as part of the Festival of Museums to discuss his interest in these institutions, their contents and how they can influence his work. Bring along your sketchbooks or simply go and enjoy the art collections avaiable at the College.
Words and Deeds
The Festival of Museums is a three day annual occassion that allows people to explore the different museums and galleries of Scotland through unique events. Starting on the 16th May and finishing on the 18th, this festival features over 90 events including exhibitions, performances and workshops for the entire family that give a unique look at the collections of Glasgow. For more information please click here.
The Magazine of the Manchester Aviation Society’s (MAvAS) latest quarterly edition features an article about GSA alumnus and aviation artist Jim MacKendrick.
Jim MacKendrick was a Drawing and Painting student at GSA from 1938-1942. On graduating, he responded to a newspaper advertisement inviting applications for the position of Head Teacher at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) at Kumasi, Ghana, in West Africa. Jim attended an interview in London and got the job. He made steady progress, and by 1962, having reached the position of Director, College of Art, he returned to the UK.
Aviation painting by Jim MacKendrick
Jim’s love of art was reflected in his decision to leave his entire estate to the Glasgow School of Art for annual 21 student awards in recognition of the GSA’s contribution to his personal and professional life. The first MacKendrick Postgraduate Scholarship for painting was offered in 2000.
We were pleased to be able to help fill in the gaps about Jim’s time as a student at GSA with information from the archives. You can read the full article here: MAvAS Magazine 76 March 2013 pdf.
British artist Dylan Stone has created an installation at Ruth Phaneuf Fine Art in New York entitled 100 years of personal pocket diaries, 100 years of receipts and invoices, 100 years of printed programmes.
In this installation, Stone has assembled an archive of prints and diaries from the past century. For each year of the 1900s there is a corresponding pocket diary, receipt, invoice and printed program. Stone’s work is often large in scale and involves systems of organization and cataloguing. The museum and the library have been a constant source of fascination for him. For him, they represent the emblematic repository of knowledge and taxonomy, using systems of display that combine refinement, order and reverence.