When Wilhelmina Barns-Graham died in January 2004, she was 91 years old, and was hard at work on an exhibition of new paintings for Art First. The show did indeed take place that April. It celebrated her life-long commitment to art, and brought to a close the happy and stimulating final decade of her life as a painter, exhibiting in London with Art First. This exhibition took place nearly 10 years later, from 26 March to 17 May 2014, tracing some of the earlier roots that led to the ‘celebration’.
Essays by Geoffrey Bertram.
Hardcover | Dimensions: 256x 222mm | 48 pages | Illustrations: 29 colour and 1 black & white.
Wilhelmina Barns-Graham was one of Britain’s most significant 20th century modern artists. Scottish born and a prominent member of the post-war St Ives group, she was a sublime painter, draughtswoman, printmaker and a brilliant colourist. Dividing her time between studios in St Ives and St Andrews she followed a consistent artistic vision throughout her sixty-five-year career. Her work is held in all major UK public collections.
Scottish and St Ives based artist Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, CBE (1912-2004), established the Trust in 1987. Through exhibitions, publications and online resources, it aims to promote and broaden the understanding and reputation of her work as one of Britain’s most significant 20th century artists. The Trust actively supports individuals to fulfil their potential in the visual arts by providing financial support in education and funding artists’ residencies.