My Glasgow Richard Whincop

Award-winning Glasgow artist Richard Whincop’s recent solo exhibition was launched at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, in June 2010, before his work went on display at Kalyani Gallery (part of Braewell Galleries housed in the dental practice at 200 Bath Street, Glasgow).

The inspiration for many of his paintings has come from the exhibits at Kelvingrove.

In one, we see the famous stuffed animals of Kelvingrove coming alive, the cherubs being thrown out of the painting as a spitfire roars overhead.

The exhibition will be at the Kalyani until September. Richard is also responsible for creating the famous gold Buddhas in Glasgow’s Bar Budda, Sputnik (in collaboration with Fiona Paton), in Trash Nightclub, two murals in The Corinthian and the Colosseum mural in Dino’s on Sauchiehall Street.  You can also see Richard’s work in Boaters in Rouken Glen and Bella Napoli in Shawlands. Visit for more information.

You have recently been involved in an exciting project painting artefacts at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, tell us about that.

I am working on a show called Museum Pieces, it’s all based around the collection at Kelvingrove. For a few years now I have been working a series of pictures looking at the way in which people who visit museums interact with the artwork. At Kelvingrove, there are limitless possibilities so I am going to be carrying on with the series. I have been visiting Kelvingrove for more than 25 years and I find you always discover new things. It’s like making a new cake out of familiar ingredients.

What made you come to Glasgow from your hometown of Fordingbridge, Hampshire?

Well, it was a woman originally. I followed her in the late 1980s. I was here just in time to miss the 1988 Glasgow Garden Festival – I arrived a month after it finished. But it was a good time to come to Glasgow, with the European City of Culture in 1990, and I got involved in the City of Architecture and Design, in 1999.

What do you love best about Glasgow?

I love the whole art scene in Glasgow, particularly strong figurative art from Peter Howson and, more recently, Joe O’Brien. There’s almost a group enterprise, like you are part of something. I also love the Glasgow people and their sense of humour. Plus it is a good-sized city – London, for me, is too big. I love Glasgow’s park. I cycle round Pollok Country Park almost every day.

As an artist, you must have visited many buildings across the city. What is your favourite venue, and why?

It has to be Kelvingrove. It has everything. I also love the Burrell Collection. The setting is amazing. You can look through the windows at the trees just behind you.

If you only had 24 hours to live and you had to spend it in Glasgow, what would you do and where would you go?

I would have to have to go to a good restaurant. There’s a great restaurant serving authentic Indian cuisine in Merchant City called Dhabba. I’d also do a couple of circuits of Pollok Park and I would go to the Imax Cinema, it’s amazing. I would watch the sun set over the Clyde at the end of the day.

My favourite places to…

Go for a Lunch: La Tea Doh, Pollokshields.

Go for dinner: Roma Mia (because that’s where we went after I got married in 2007).

Go for a drink: Sammy Dow’s,Strathbungo.

Go for a spending spree: Millers Art Store, Queen Street.

Go to see an exhibition: GoMA, Royal Exchange Square.

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