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Sam Ainsley: Wednesday is Cobalt blue, Friday is Cadmium red

Wednesday is Cobalt blue, Friday is Cadmium red is Glasgow-based artist Sam Ainsley's first major exhibition in the city for over 30 years!

Sam Ainsley: Wednesday is Cobalt blue, Friday is Cadmium red

About Sam Ainsley: Wednesday is Cobalt blue, Friday is Cadmium red

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It is the first such show for Ainsley since her 1987 solo exhibition, Why I Choose Red at the Third Eye Centre (now Centre for Contemporary Art, CCA).

An important show for her, it arrives on a wave of interest in her work since her solo show in 2017 at An Tobar, Tobermory. In the last 12 months alone she has had solo presentations at the Royal Scottish Academy, Leeds Arts University, and is included in the major Tate Britain group show Women in Revolt! which opens 7 November 2023.

Featuring acrylic paintings on canvas, framed prints, shaped acrylic canvas works and a wall drawing, this show is a deeply personal culmination of recent work that will make a powerful statement about who Ainsley is, and draws strands together from nearly 50 years of art practice.

It continues the artist’s ongoing interest in the human body (especially the female body, however abstracted), and her powerful use of colour, particularly her reds, something her work is recognisable for. Her first solo show was named after Hugh McDiarmid's intensely political poem 'Why I Choose Red'. Where the final line reads "....But, best reason of all, a man in a red shirt can neither hide nor retreat." - to Ainsley’s mind the man in this poem is also equally woman.

Red for her is passion, joy and love but it is also fire, blood and the colour of revolution. Her work is joyous and bold, and celebrates passion and imagination. It is at the same time deeply politically and socially conscious in meaning, which resonates through the titles of, and research present in, each painting.

Wednesday is Cobalt blue, Friday is Cadmium red has been supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.

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