Provenance The Modern Institute, Glasgow Acquired directly from the above by the present owner in 2010
Michael Wilkinson stems from the booming Glasgow art scene, creating subtly layered canvases and sculptures that draw references from art history, punk rock, anarchism and popular culture. In his Dresden series, Michael Wilkinson used the images of the 1944 Liverpool bombing to directly reference Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren, who famously used the images of the Dresden bombing in their London store. In fact, Counter Revolution features an image of McLaren and Westwood in front of their Dresden wallpaper, thus tying this work with Wilkinson's Dresden series. In Counter Revolution, the artist mixes oil paint, collage and photographs with abstraction, all characteristic for his work and used to convey his message on social engagement and references to important historical events. The powerful red on the linen might suggest that the canvas is a revolutionary flag that has been stained with blood, perhaps a civilian who lost his life in the Dresden protest. Counter Revolution could in a way almost be seen as the materialisation of the counter culture movement that is currently taking place in the burgeoning Glasgow art scene, seen by many as one of the most important centres for visual arts today.