On cursory viewing, Barns-Graham appears to have kept altering her style from representational to hard edge abstract to representational. This variability is likely to have made her appear as contrary, reflecting a painter who did not know what she was doing or where she wanted to go. This exhibition reframes this perspective, identifying the links that reveal her as and ever-investigative painter who remained true to her artistic principles and who was constantly evolving a personal visual language. The exhibition was held at Sherborne House from 3 November to 16 December 2007.
Essay by Geoffrey Bertram
Soft cover | Dimensions: 200 x 200 mm | 36 pages | Illustrations: 21 colour and 4 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.