The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh: Wilhelmina Barns-Graham – A Journey Through Four Decades

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham December No.5 (Family Series) 1981 oil on hardboard

30th October – 26th November

One of the highlights of The Scottish Gallery‘s November programme is a series of works by a major modern British artistic figure, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912–2004). Enjoying a lifelong association with the Gallery, she was a dedicated artist and an innovator in often-chaotic times of change – a woman artist finally triumphant in a predominantly masculine world, happy to be a Scotswoman but one whose work transcends boundaries.

Born in St Andrews and attending Edinburgh College of Art 1932-7, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham moved to St Ives in Cornwall in the 1940s, joining the artist-societies of Newlyn, St Ives and Penwith and becoming friends with Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth and Naum Gabo. Following a trip to Switzerland in 1948 she produced her Glacier Series and further significant travel to Italy in 1955 highlighted her strong draughtsmanship. Dividing her time between St Andrews and St Ives from 1960, she produced various significant series of abstract works from the geometric to the more organic. Later in her life, her work took on a colourful, painterly flourishing in tandem with magnificent printmaking with Graal Press, consolidating her place as a major Modern British figure.

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Image: Wilhelmina Barns-Graham – December No.5 (Family Series), 1981, oil on hardboard

 

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