Tuesday, 10 May 2011

The Finest Elizabeth Blackadder Ever To Be Offered At Auction ?

Coco and Orchid
pencil and watercolour, signed and dated 1981
22 ½ x 29 ¾ inches

Auction Date: Thursday 12th May (at 6pm)

estimate £8,000-12,000
Dame Elizabeth Blackadder is one of the most celebrated and respected artists of her generation and is the first woman to be elected to both the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Academy. She was appointed an OBE in 1982, promoted to DBE in 2003 and in 2001 she was appointed Her Majesty’s Painter and Limner in Scotland – the first woman to be appointed in the 300 year history of the office. She has been awarded honorary doctorates by four universities.

In 1956 Blackadder married the painter, John Houston and started producing the still lifes with which her name is most readily associated. Her first solo exhibition was held in 1959 at the 57 Gallery in Edinburgh. Since then, national and international solo exhibitions of her work have been held almost every year. She has also participated extensively in group exhibitions in Britain, Canada, Germany, USA, Japan, Brazil, Australia and Russia. This year’s major summer exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery will be devoted to the art of Dame Elizabeth Blackadder, organised in honour of the artist’s 80th birthday (2nd July – 2nd January 2012).

“Coco and Orchid” is a truly exceptional example of Elizabeth Blackadder’s work and must rank as one of the finest ever to be offered at auction.

Provenance : Sold at Mercury Gallery (London) in 1982. The backboard retains a full set of gallery labels confirming artist, title, dates, sizes and original gallery price. Private London collection.
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