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Wilhelmina Barns Graham (1912-2004)

Biography of artist Wilhelmina Barns Graham (1912-2004)

Wilhelmina Barns Graham was born in Fife, Scotland and studied at Edinburgh College of Art. Her tutor, Hubert Wellington recommended St Ives for her health and as 'a centre where interesting things were happening'.

Willie Barns Graham met at this time artists Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth and Naum Gabo.

After the war, the St Ives Modernist Movement began to evolve its own distinctive look. As a draughtsman, she was second only to Nicholson himself, and was more versatile. As a painter, it was unfortunately too easy to regard her as a follower because her work did follow the same evolution as some of her more assertive (male) contemporaries.

In the 1960s, she was divorced from her husband David Lewis and inherited a small estate near St Andrews in Scotland, 700 miles from St Ives. She henceforth had a dual ‘nationality’ working both in Scotland and St Ives.

In 2001, she received the accolade of a major monograph written by Lynne Green, which restored her to a central place in the history of Modern Art in Britain.

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Lot FS18/321

Lot FS18/321: Wilhelmina Barns Graham [1912-2004] - White Relief 1954

Wilhelmina Barns Graham [1912-2004] - White Relief 1954 signed and inscribed in pencil on the reverse White Relief 1954 W Barns Graham carved and painted wood panel laid down on hardboard relief size 10 x 14cm overall 15.5 x 20cm.

Estimate: £1,200 - £1,800
Realised: £4,000