Barns-Graham was a pioneer of post-war British abstraction. Born in St Andrew's she studied at the Edinburgh College of Art before taking refuge at St Ives, Cornwall in 1940. There she met Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth and Naum Gabo, and her work became permanently associated with the School of St Ives where she maintained a studio until her death.
Brita Granström has been living on the Northumberland coast for over 20 years, but regularly spends the summer months at her lakeside studio in her native Sweden. Her wistful paintings reflect these contrasting habitats and, although at times celebratory, often hint at something more mysterious beneath the surface’s narrative... the exhibition’s title painting, with it’s figure lost in dreams, is suffused with metaphors that reference the writings of Walter de la Mare and yet also conjure the poetic spirit of William Blake.