Joan Eardley exhibition at The Lillie Art Gallery, Milngavie

A selection of artwork by the artist Joan Eardley is currently on display at The Lillie Art Gallery in Milngavie.

NMC 077, Church interior, Basilica di San Marco, Venice, by Joan Eardley,completed during her GSA Travelling Scholarship in Italy, 1948-1949

NMC 077, Church interior, Basilica di San Marco, Venice, by Joan Eardley, completed during her GSA Travelling Scholarship in Italy, 1948-1949

Joan Eardley – Sketches by a Master will see works from the gallery’s permanent collection go on display, some for the first time. (See our previous posts about Joan Eardley’s connection with GSA).

Alongside the Eardley exhibition, material by other GSA graduates will be on display at the Lillie’s Gifted Christmas Art Exhibition. This fellow exhibition, where paintings, ceramics, jewellery, textiles, glass and photography will be shown, also includes works by Alasdair Gray, John Byrne, Elizabeth Blackadder, Phillip Reeves, Diane Dawson and Sharon Thomas.

The Eardley exhibition runs from Saturday 16th November – Wednesday 11th December, and the Gifted Christmas exhibition from Saturday 16th November – Thurdsay 19th December, both at the Lillie Art Gallery, Station Road, Milngavie G62 8BZ.

For more information, see the gallery’s website.

Tel: 0141 956 5536
Email: museums@eastdunbarton.gov.uk
Open: Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 1pm & 2pm – 5pm

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Exhibition featuring items from GSA’s collection currently on at the Fleming Collection

An exhibition entitled Learning to Draw/Drawing to Learn is currently on in Gallery Two at The Fleming Collection in London. Focusing on the practice of drawing, past and present staff and students of Glasgow School of Art reflect on traditional and current drawing practice and its place in art and art education. The works, selected for this exhibition by Professor Roger Wilson, Head of the School of Fine Art, and Stuart Mackenzie, Senior Lecturer in Painting and Printmaking, demonstrate drawing’s capacity for the exploratory, experimental and observational.

NMC 055, life drawing by William Somerville Shanks, c1910

NMC 055, life drawing by William Somerville Shanks, c1910

In preparing for Learning to Draw/Drawing to Learn Wilson and Mackenzie were fortunate to have access to an extensive archive of past work, including many items from GSA’s Archives and Collections. Indeed several items from our collections feature in the exhibition. These include a stunning, highly finished, life drawing by GSA student and tutor William Somerville Shanks from c1910; several small sketches completed by GSA tutor Fred Selby during his travels in Italy and the Middle East in the 1940s (see here for our previous post about him); and a recently acquired sketchbook featuring landscapes by former GSA 2nd headmaster Robert Brydall from 1873 (again, see here for our previous post about this item).

NMC 085, Farm wagon, Lincolnshire, by Joan Eardley, 1948-1949

NMC 085, Farm wagon, Lincolnshire, by Joan Eardley, 1948-1949

There are also two works by Joan Eardley who was a student at the school in the 1940s; a male nude by James McIntosh Patrick who studied at GSA in the 1920s under the artist Maurice Greiffenhagen (the work on show actually bears his corrections); and some sketchbooks by William Gray dating from 1916-1918, as well as the evening school medal he won in 1914.

NMC 605, Male figure study by James McIntosh Patrick, featuring corrections by Maurice Greiffenhagen, c1927

NMC 605, Male figure study by James McIntosh Patrick, featuring corrections by Maurice Greiffenhagen, c1927

Recent GSA graduate Vanessa Larsen's work will feature alongside items from the Archives and Collections

Recent GSA graduate Vanessa Larsen’s work will feature alongside items from the Archives and Collections

As well as these items from GSA’s Archives and Collection, the curators were also able to borrow from a growing community of artists who are increasingly electing to stay and work in Glasgow. The exhibition coincides with the development of new academic programmes centred on drawing, confirming GSA’s engagement with this highly relevant medium. All of the works in Learning to Draw/Drawing to Learn use the language of drawing across divergent artistic practices.

The Fleming Collection is at 13 Berkeley Street, London W1J 8DU (nearest tube: Green Park). The exhibition is on from 3rd September – 9th October. The gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday 10.00am-5.30pm (last entry is at 5.00pm) and admission is free.

See The Fleming Collection’s website for details.

Discussion of Joan Eardley on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour

Italian Farmhouse, by Joan Eardley, 1948-1949

Italian Farmhouse, by Joan Eardley, 1948-1949

Friday’s Woman’s Hour looked back on Joan Eardley, one of the most celebrated painters to live and work in Scotland during the last century. It’s 50 years since she died and there have been various events recently to celebrate her life and work.

Joan Eardley (1921-1963) graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 1943 and went on to secure a post-diploma scholarship in 1948–1949 that enabled her to travel to Italy and France, the subjects of many of the pieces we have by her in our collection. In 1955 Eardley was elected an Associate of the Royal Scottish Academy, and was made into a full member in 1963. She was at the time the youngest female artist to achieve this.

Catterline, Aberdeenshire, by Joan Eardley

Catterline, Aberdeenshire, by Joan Eardley

In 1950 she ‘discovered’ and began to paint at Catterline, on the coast between Inverbervie and Stonehaven. She moved there in 1956, using a deserted cottage as a studio and base whilst she worked outside. The landscapes that were completed at Catterline provide an interesting contrast to her studies completed in Glasgow which often featured children living in deprived areas.

You can listen to the programme here. The discussion of Joan Eardley is around 32 minutes in.

Joan Eardley