Roll on to April 1984 when "Whizz-kid Wiszniewski", already internationally known, had his first one-man show at Glasgow's Compass Gallery, with a solo show at London's famous Air Gallery later that year plus Nicola Jacobs Gallery, in Cork St, London.
New Image Glasgow 1985 & the Vigorous Imagination 1987 confirmed their place in Scottish art history.
So where are they now? Happily, 30 years on, full time artists, exhibiting world wide but also showing right now in Glasgow. Both have matured in impressive ways.
KEN CURRIE spent several months at Glasgow Print Studio making these etchings & monotypes. "I was a great experience. I couldn't fault it. The technicians were superb" he says.
The results, 17 etchings & nearly 40 monotypes, are spellbinding. Black, An array of portraits, some from life, some based on legendary figures, others imagined, often make for gripping if uncomfortable viewing as they confront us with the human condition in all its aspects: savage, vulnerable, pitiful, desperate.
This is inky blackness, gouged & split, knifed, battered & veiled, used to extremes with great effect & sensitivity.
The faces age before your eye, or loom closer out of the mist. The skull is merely covered by fragile skin & Currie plays with possible ravages from facial accident, via decay to death.
Deeply affected by political & humanitarian events, Currie has always responded to society's ills with intense, timeless images. These faces could belong to one of the innumerable Syrian refugees - or equally a soldier from 1914 at Mons. Back in July 1988 as I wrote on the occasion of his Third Eye show, he was just as passionate about bigotry.
These are serious works: considered, worked at with risks, triumphs & failures.
Dead Gannet, Hung Gull North Uist, Dead Finches & Crows are also impressive etchings, drawn with sympathy, skill & acute observation. A memorable exhibition. (GPS till Sept 27th)
ADRIAN WISZNIEWSKI has a lighter approach to life but non the less considered. This year, with an award from Creative Scotland, he is off to explore Scotland & New Zealand in all their complex history & geological splendour. Meanwhile till Sept 25th his bold, vibrant figurative oils fill the COMPASS GALLERY.
It has often seemed to me that Wiszniewski's family - his wife & offspring - inspire his romantic, handsome, blue-eyed figures.
Idealised maybe, yet this personal mythology of colourful fantasies of sunlit brilliance, overflowing patterns of people & plants & dreamy imaginings have served him well with his latest project.
Another Russian reference is 'Red Wedge", the constructivist icon, which pops up in several works. He also has a Red dog/black dog..
One of his pix is called Dance of the Maidens" Youthful flowers are dancing. They want attention," he tells me. "The chosen maid dances in frenzy till she falls with exhaustion - and dies." All pre-Christian mysticism & Russian folklore. Strong stuff.
One of Adrian's signature styles is his use of swirling sinuous curves & arabesques, fluent, flowing draughtsmanship. He makes it look so easy, relaxed.
Wiszniewski has always been ready to try out different media - design, tapestry, ceramics, neon, furniture, stage design, even writing a novel. Apropos Rite of Spring, he's now keen to do sets for a ballet.
1984 LONDON AIR Gallery, Fergus muir, JUNE Redfern, Clare, Adrian 1984
So wonderful to see Glasgow graduates & Scottish at that, forging ahead over a period of 35 years with impressive determination, inspiration & control. Success hard won.
Steven Campbell, Clare Henry, Adrian Wiszniewski 1987 London