HENRY KONDRACKI RSA (ELECT): LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

Opening Times:
  • Monday to Saturday 10-5pm, Sunday 12-5pm
  • Please note the gallery will be closed on the following days -  25, 26 and 29-31 December
  • On 1st January the gallery will open at 12pm

HENRY KONDRACKI RSA (ELECT): LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

Opening Times:
  • Monday to Saturday 10-5pm, Sunday 12-5pm
  • Please note the gallery will be closed on the following days -  25, 26 and 29-31 December
  • On 1st January the gallery will open at 12pm

RSA Lower Galleries
The Academicians’ Gallery
Free Entry

Henry Kondracki, an artist based in Edinburgh, is known for his evocative scenes of city life and the Scottish landscape. This exhibition focuses on a series of works centred around locations of literary significance in Edinburgh and the surrounding area. Embracing the rich cultural heritage of his native city, Kondracki depicts the hometown of Walter Scott, Muriel Spark and Ian Rankin in his typically vibrant, impressionistic style.

Known for painting the city in all seasons, Kondracki captures the mood of Edinburgh, be it in glorious summer sun or autumnal drizzle. Working in fluid, gestural brushstrokes, he paints the city in motion, viewed from buses, pavements and coffee shops. For this exhibition, Kondracki has painted locales associated with moments in novels and with the lives of writers. Miss Brodie walks down the Vennel toward the Grassmarket and the birthplace of Rebus is lit by ghostly moonlight. A moment in the Meadows brings to mind Robert Burns: ‘come autumn, sae pensive, in yellow and grey’.

Kondracki was born in Edinburgh but having been rejected from his local art school, he went to London to study at the Byam Shaw School of Art (1981 – 1982), and then at the Slade School of Art (1982 – 1986). He has won the Cheltenham Drawing Prize, the Hunting Art Prize and has been twice the recipient of the Slade Fine Art Prize. Kondracki has exhibited widely both in the UK and internationally. His work is held by many public collections including Glasgow Museums, Manchester City Art Gallery, the Fleming Collection and Art in Healthcare. He was elected a Member of the Royal Scottish Academy in 2016.

View the exhibition online here.