Ian Hughes - Scottish artist

The Vigorous Imagination - Then and Now

The Fine Art Society in Edinburgh put on an exhibition called THE VIGOROUS IMAGINATION: THEN AND NOW between 26th October and 18 November 2017. It featured a painting, Kierling 1, by Ian Hughes that had been shown at the exhibition The Vigorous Imagination: New Scottish Art 30 years earlier in 1987.


Exhibition catalogue, 2017


The Fine Art Society in Edinburgh describes the original exhibition:

The exhibition showcased the works of 17 young artists who were making waves on the international art scene, featuring the powerful new wave of figurative art then prevalent. These included the ‘New Glasgow Boys’: Steven Campbell, Peter Howson, Ken Currie, Adrian Wiszniewski; sculptor David Mach; photographer-installation artists Calum Colvin and Ron O’Donnell, and painters Sam Ainsley, Philip Braham, Gwen Hardie, Ian Hughes, Keith McIntyre, June Redfern, Mario Rossi, Joseph Urie & Kate Whiteford. It was a proud pronouncement that visual art in Scotland was vibrant, intelligent and in touch with the zeitgeist which swept across Europe during the 1980s. Since then, many of the artists have become household names. This group came to influence the wider artistic landscape in Scotland and The Vigorous Imagination paved the way for the current crop of international artists whose fame attests to the vibrancy of Glasgow as a pivotal centre for contemporary art.

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