Journey – Dream – Transformation
Date Posted: Monday 16 April 2012
A series of linked exhibitions by the Edinburgh artist David Grossart are showing in Old Saint Paul’s, at St. John’s Church (West End) and at Henderson’s Café below St John’s, from 10th March until 14th May 2012.
There is one work at OSP, “Alexander’s Madonna”, commemorating the short life of David and Angela’s son Alexander and appropriately placed in the Lady Chapel; this piece provides a framework and context for the other two exhibits.
Collage and sculptural works can be seen in a side chapel of St. John’s, along with a major range of paintings, of mostly religious themes, in Henderson’s Café, below the church. Short poems by David accompany and help to amplify the works.
David left a short career in law, in London, to paint and this change marked a major revival in his life. It allowed David and his wife, fellow artist Angela, the freedom to journey in pursuit of spiritual and artistic development through their life and work. The result was an output of religiously themed and inspired works in a variety of media, partly influenced by icon painters of the 17th century and also by more modern painters such as Marc Chagall. In particular, it was Chagall’s journey out of obscurity in Russia and his transformation in Paris that has inspired David. This theme of transformation-resurrection-renewal pervades many of the works on show, not only as a concept, but also as a way of artistic expression through the recycling of material used in his collages and sculptures.