Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Dame Elizabeth Blackadder

Spring Flowers, Signed watercolour dated 1979, 48x60cm,
To be sold in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Elizabeth Blackadder was born in Falkirk in 1931 and studied at Edinburgh University and Edinburgh College of Art under William Gillies from 1949 to 1954.

Blackadder began featuring Flowers in her work prominently from the 1970s, working in watercolour, and to this day these works remain an ever present and striking element in her oeuvre. They display her lightness of touch, intriguing compositions of flowers and plants against the picture plane and a meticulous but beautiful observation of botanical detail.

'Japanese art… does not just reflect some casual work of style but a wholly different approach to the unity of creation, deriving ultimately from the philosophy of Zen. '

In 2001 she became the first woman in three hundred years to be made Her Majesty's painter and limner in Scotland. Elizabeth Blackadder was awarded an OBE in 1982 and lives and works in Edinburgh.

The Art Of Elizabeth Blackadder, Academy Of Royal Arts.
ISBN: 0810966492

Another fine watercolor conserved in Chichester, West Sussex.



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