Artists using archives: James Frew

Glasgow School of Art BA Fine Art Painting and Printmaking student James Frew visited us last year to look at our photograph collection. We thought you might like to see an artwork he made that was inspired by a photograph he came across in the archive.

James Frew, 5' x 4', oil on board
James Frew, 5′ x 4′, oil on board

The work is 5′ x 4′, which is pretty huge! James found his trip to the archives really useful and inspiring…

I found out about the archives through my tutors in first year, so thought it would be beneficial to check it out as I was told it was a rich resource.

I liked the photograph because it was bold, with a strong sense of contrast that I felt would translate into paint very well.

I decided to work with the archives because I felt I could get first hand access to primary resources that would give my work a well informed look; I have recently revisited the archive for further inspiration, and plan to do so again to enhance my work.

Anne Howatson modelling Alex Gourley's Pringle cashemere sweater
GSAA/P/1/238 Anne Howatson modelling Alex Gourley’s Pringle cashemere sweater, c1960, the inspiration for James’ artwork