Cat and Flowers

Elizabeth Blackadder

DESCRIPTION

Today Blackadder works mainly in watercolours and is best known for her paintings of flowers and cats. Her flowers and still lifes break with the traditional organisation of space to create an arrangement of objects against a flattened background. The eye concentrates on the quality of the painting and the details without the distraction of a three-dimensional background. 

DETAILS
  • Artist

    Elizabeth Blackadder

  • Date

    1981

  • Medium

    Watercolour on paper

  • Object number

    68

  • Dimensions unframed

    76.2 × 95.8 cm

  • Dimensions framed

    100 × 119 cm

  • Marks

    Signed and dated bottom left

  • Subject

    Still Life

    Animal

  • Copyright

    Ⓒ The Artist's Estate. All Rights Reserved 2019/Bridgeman Images

ARTIST PROFILE

Elizabeth Blackadder RA RSA RSW, born 1931

Born in Falkirk, Blackadder studied art at Edinburgh University and Edinburgh College of Art, where her teachers included Blyth, Philipson and MacTaggart, although it was Gillies who had the greatest impact on her work. Awarded a Carnegie Travelling Scholarship in 1954, she visited Yugoslavia, Greece and Italy, studying Classical and Byzantine art at first hand. In 1956 she took up a two-year part-time teaching post at Edinburgh College of Art, and from 1962 to 1986 taught there full time. She has travelled extensively in Europe, America and Japan.
Blackadder is the first woman to be elected an Academician of both the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Academy in London. She is an Honorary Member of the Royal West of England Academy, the Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. In 2001 she was appointed Her Majesty's Painter and Limner in Scotland.