Cosgrove, James RGI

Elected to RSW 2012

Artists Statement

Living in Ayrshire and looking across to Arran and Bute, the Firth of Clyde provides a constantly changing variety of images and moods - the channel busy with fishing boats, cargo vessels, yachts and the odd frigate or submarine. Travel provides a contrast to this backdrop. Ideas are collected through drawing, collage, photography and text. These form a substantial memory bank of images and circumstances which feed into picture making. Themes are often informed by the writings of such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Freud and Jung, Bob Dylan and 'Theatres of the Absurd'. Recent works explore random images which can fade in and out of half-remembered situations, dreams or childhood reflections. Some figures are central to suggested narratives, some are witnesses, others are disengaged-in a world of their own making.


Publications and other works include:
House for an Art Lover - editor and contributor ISBN 0 9548736 0 2
Speculative Architecture - author with contributions ISBN 10 0954873610
ART Works in the Park - author with contributions ISBN 0-9548736-2-9
Glasgow's Greatest Exhibition - recreating the 1938 Empire Exhibition - RIAS Edinburgh ISBN 978-1-873190-59-3 contributor pp 28-47
Drawing (on) Riverside Patrcia Cain ISBN 978-0-9568434-0-1 (contributor-Forensic Examination; Studies of Evolving Form - ppc5/6
Curator, co-author, co-designer of permanent installation/exhibition of 'Govan architecture, public monuments and sculpture and the British Empire Exhibition of 1938' - House for an Art Lover Heritage Centre


May Marshall Brown Award - RSW 2013
University of West of Scotland Award - PAI 2012
Mabel MacKinlay Award - RGI 2010
Hargan Award - PAI 2010
Adam Award - PAI 2009

Selected Exhibitions

Solo shows include:
Where Tracks Cross - Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
Current Work - Whitehouse Gallery, Kirkcudbright
Weather Fronts and Passing Time - House for an Art Lover, Glasgow
Recent Work - The Red House, Croftamie

Selected mixed exhibitions include:
Land of the mountain and the Flood - Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
101 Artists - Homecoming Scotland - MacLauren Gallery, Ayr
Flights of Fancy - McGill Duncan, Castle Douglas
Ayrshite Artists - McGill Duncan, Castle Douglas
Four Ayrshire Artists - Smithy Gallery Blanefield
Cabinet Pictures - JD Kelly Glasgow
Premiere Collection - Greens and Blues, Berwick

Public Collections

Glasgow School of Art
Glasgow Print Studio
Scottish Arts Council (collection now dispersed)
Educational Institute of Scotland
Paisley Museum
Kelvingrove Museum
British Rail

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