New colorful gunpowder artwork by UHI Inverness professor Frank To selected for second exhibition at London’s Royal Mall after royal exhibition sold out

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Frank To, professor of art at UHI in Inverness.

An Inverness art lecturer and internationally renowned artist has been selected for a second exhibition in London with his new colored gunpowder artwork.

Frank To, who works at UHI Inverness, has been unconditionally accepted into the Society of Graphic Fine Art’s prestigious annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries in central London which opens next month.

This will be the artist’s second exhibition at The Mall Galleries at the Royal Pall-Mall in central London in less than six months after selling all his works at the Royal Society of British Artists exhibition last month.

Commenting on his recent achievement and work, Mr. To said, “To be honest, the new work directly reflects where my mindset and career are at. If you think about it, two years ago we just entered a global lockdown due to the pandemic. Now, while most artists were struggling to weather the storm, I was in my apartment, relentlessly experimenting with new methods and techniques. This has of course developed into the work that I am currently doing. It demonstrates that despite being a lecturer at a university, I am not resting on my laurels, which can be done easily; I continually push the boundaries of the art world on contemporary art. I want to show what I teach is what I do and that inspires my students who are the next generation of Scottish contemporary artists.

“I am very honored to be accepted into this year’s annual exhibition of the Society of Graphic Fine Art. I will show alongside contemporaries and peers whom I greatly admire. Furthermore, I am honored to have the opportunity to exhibit again this year at the Mall Galleries at the Royal Pall-Mall in central London in less than six months. It’s quite rare because few Scottish artists achieve this in less than a year.

Nectar harvester, flaming gunpowder and colored powder on handmade paper.
Nectar harvester, flaming gunpowder and colored powder on handmade paper.

Mr. To’s powder drawing technique has earned him international recognition as a figure in contemporary art among renowned art critics and collectors, including the actor Sir. Patrick Stewart (of Star Trek fame) and New York-based Michel Witmer, who hangs To’s paintings alongside those of Picasso, Dine and Warhol.

The Society of Graphic Fine Art – The Drawing Society – is the only national society in the UK dedicated exclusively to drawing. Founded in 1919, the Society promotes drawing skills in traditional and contemporary media. Today the society has over 130 elected members across Britain.

Mr To’s colored powder artwork is on display and will go on sale in the Society of Graphic Fine Art’s annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London from May 17-21.


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