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Elizabeth Blackadder (National Galleries of Scotland)

By | Published on Sunday 28 August 2011

It’s rare for one to see the entire progression of an established artist such as Elizabeth Blackadder. From her early days as a student to art made with sixty years’ experience behind it, every era of Blackadder’s extensive body of work is represented at the National Gallery. The artist’s close relationship with the Edinburgh art scene and the gallery itself make for insightful and detailed annotations for each of the pieces, which range from monochrome pen and ink studies to vivacious oil paintings of scientific detail. Earlier works lack personality, so to start with the collection is not entirely captivating, but by the end we can see the enthusiasm for experimentation that the artist maintains even as she approached her 80th birthday.

Scottish National Gallery, 1 – 31 Aug, 10.00am (6.00pm), £6.00 – £8.00, fpp189.
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