A Studio Visit: The Workplaces of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham

It’s great to see that my article ‘A Studio Visit: The Workplaces of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham’ has been published on the Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust’s website.

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912-2004), Studio Interior 1947 II, 1947
Collection and (c) Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912-2004) was born in St Andrews, Fife and studied at Edinburgh College of Art. In 1940 she moved to Cornwall where she became a member of what is now known as the St Ives School, alongside artists including Barbara Hepworth (1903-75) and Ben Nicholson (1894-1982).

In 1960, Barns-Graham inherited the Balmungo Estate outside St Andrews and thereafter straddled both the Scottish and English art worlds. She is a pioneer of British Abstraction. I served two terms as a Trustee for the charitable trust which she established, to promote her legacy and to support others in fulfilling their potential in the visual arts.

In the article I look at the main studios she occupied throughout her long and prolific career, by way of paintings she made of them. This includes Studio Interior 1947 II of 1947, seen above, which depicts No. 1 Porthmeor Studio in St Ives. Thanks to the holdings of the Trust’s archive, they are accompanied by photographs of Barns-Graham in the studios discussed.

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Enjoy your studio visits!


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