Born in Falkirk in 1931, Dame Elizabeth Blackadder RA, RSA, studied at Edinburgh University and Edinburgh College. In 1954 she was awarded a Carnegie Travelling Scholarship by the Royal Scottish Academy and travelled through southern Europe. These travels inspired her early landscapes and influenced the way she saw the world around her.
She is also a regular visitor to Japan. Her arrangements of forms and colours have been greatly influenced by Japanese aesthetics and Zen principles. The resulting pictures are carefully composed and have a lyrical quality, setting out groups of miscellaneous objects on her studio table then depicting them from above. They appreciate the importance of the empty space around a subject.
Blackadder is a talented printmaker, having experimented with a range of media including lithography, etching and screen-printing. Her iconic compositions of flowers, cats and Italian streets have a calm, reflective quality that suits the precision of printmaking, which she has gone back to again and again throughout her career.
Elizabeth Blackadder was elected a Member of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1972 and was made a Royal Academician in 1976, making her the first woman ever to be elected to both institutions. She is also a member of numerous other institutions including the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts, the Royal Watercolour Society, the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Her work has been shown extensively throughout Britain, Canada, Germany, USA, Japan, Brazil, Australia and Russia, and is held in prestigious public collections, including The Tate Gallery, The Scottish National Museum of Modern Art, The Glasgow Museum and Art Gallery and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Exhibitions at Gallagher & Turner:
14 July - 9 September 2017