Wilhelmina Barns-Graham – Rhythms in Colour: Late Paintings and Prints at the Watermill Gallery in Aberfeldy features a significant collection of her late work. Known primarily for her abstract painting and printmaking, Barns-Graham also produced a distinctive body of graphic works, several of which will be on show here. Born in St Andrews, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham was one of the foremost British abstract artists working in the second half of the 20th century. She divided her time between Scotland and St Ives in Cornwall, contributing greatly to the development of Modernist British art. Her later years were her most fruitful, and the colours and dynamic brushstrokes in paintings from this period convey a vivacity and ‘joie de vivre’. Towards the end of her life she came to regard printmaking as equally important as her painting and a liberating experience.
Image: Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Spring Series, 1998