Brian McFie BA (Hons) Fine Art, PGDCE
Saturday, September, 10, 2016
Brian McFie studied drawing and painting at Glasgow School of Art between 1979 and 1983. Whilst there, he cultivated a deep interest and love of abstract painting, especially the work of American Abstract Expressionists such as Joan Mitchell, Cy Twombly, Willem De Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler and Robert Rauschenberg. The work presented in this exhibition titled ‘Astronaut’, displays two interlocking thematic philosophical preoccupations and several techniques, which are employed in their rendering. These works explore a fascination with space and the use of colour to create the illusion of time, dimension, scale, solidity and fluidity. The key word is always ‘explore’. Exploration is and always has been at the heart of this artist’s work practice. All of the work is driven by a love of music and all of these pieces owe much of their existence to the output of modern composers (Reich, Cage et al) and the meanderings and meditative repetition found in electronica and ‘Krautrock’. Thought process, intuition and metaphysics are at the root of these works both in concept and execution.
Brian McFie is a guitarist of some note having worked with artists such as Marianne Faithfull, Craig Armstrong, The Big Dish and Hue and Cry. He is now also co-writing with chanteuse Lou Reid and the band Lola in Slacks.
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