Scottish art gallery owner Bob Corsie is bucking the economic downturn with the opening of his fourth outlet and first in Glasgow.
The breeze gallery will be unveiled tomorrow (Oct 15) as part of the iconic retailer House of Fraser’s 160th birthday celebrations.
The fourth floor gallery will feature the best of contemporary Scottish and UK artists with a few twists, including work by popular Russian artist Anna Razumovskaya and the latest offering from one of Australia’s favourite sons, Rolf Harris.
Corsie opened the first breeze gallery in Peebles in 2005 and has recently added prestige outlets in Edinburgh’s famous Jenners department store and at Jenners Loch Lomond Shores.
He says his first foray in to Glasgow is overdue and believes the new gallery will go down a storm with Merchant City art lovers.
Mr Corsie said: “I’ve been keen to open a breeze gallery in Glasgow for years but needed the right location. It doesn’t get any better than a prime site in the grand old dame of Glasgow shopping lore, House of Fraser, and I’m really looking forward to getting to know the city’s art lovers much better.
“Some people might think I’m mad to open a fourth gallery in the face of a recession but that’s not how I see it and the trading figures in our other outlets bear this out.
“We are finding that many people are fed up ploughing their hard earned cash in to risky bank accounts earning low interest rates. People now want more for their investment and if they can enjoy a piece of art while it makes them a return on their money, so much the better.”
Mr Corsie believes the opening of the Glasgow breeze on October 15 will cement his company’s position as the largest independent contemporary art retailer in Scotland and he aims to bring a theatrical feel to the new gallery with live painting by popular artists
To celebrate opening in House of Fraser in Glasgow, outstanding wildlife artist Paul James will be available on Thursday evening to meet art lovers and collectors and talk about some of his original work which will be on display.
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breeze art gallery, House of Fraser, 45 Buchanan Street, Glasgow, G1 3HR.
Telephone 0141 221 0189