Wilhelmina Barn-Graham celebrated in a new exhibition

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A PIONEER of technical innovations in printmaking is celebrated at a special exhibition in Glasgow.

The exhibition at Glasgow Print Studio (GPS) will also be the first time that prints and paintings by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham will be exhibited to the public.

Barns-Graham, born in St Andrews in 1912, was primarily a painter, but made prints throughout her working life, trying many different methods such as etching, linocut, lithography and screen printing. All of his published prints were made in collaboration with master printmakers, their technical expertise allowing him to translate his way of working into a different medium.

Over the last 10 or so years of her long artistic career, printmaking has become central to Barns-Graham’s practice, particularly after 1998 when she began working with Graal Press in Roslin, near Edinburgh. .

The new exhibition examines for the first time the dynamic relationship between the two distinct areas of Barns-Graham’s practice by showing related paintings, prints and overpainted prints together.

“Working alongside master printmakers, Barns-Graham has been a true pioneer of technical innovations in printmaking,” said Naomi Brown, Head of Marketing at Glasgow Print Studio.

“She experimented with a variety of new techniques and materials that allowed her to create prints with color intensity and design precision.

“We are delighted to present her remarkable etchings alongside her joyful paintings for the first time here at GPS and we are delighted to be collaborating with the Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust to launch this exhibition here in Glasgow.”

Trust director Rob Airey added: “Etching was central to Wilhelmina Barns-Graham’s practice, particularly during the last ten years of her career, during which she produced a significant number of serigraphs. with Graal Press printers, based in Midlothian.

“The Trust is therefore delighted to show both prints and paintings, from this important period in the artist’s career, together for the first time at Glasgow Print Studio, one of the most important printmaking centers in Scotland. .”

Barns-Graham, who died in 2004, was appointed CBE in 2001.

In her will, she established a charitable trust to better preserve her artistic legacy and provide scholarships to art students. She had been aided by a scholarship from the Edinburgh College of Art in June 1935, with others following each of the next five years.

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: Painting and Printing runs until October 1 and is free to view.

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