Ingleby Gallery in Edinburgh’s New Town is mounting its first exhibition of the work of Dunfermline-born Caroline Walker, who has become known for observational paintings of women, glimpsed going about their lives in public and private, in luminous oils on canvas that are in turns playful and challenging, referencing the contemporary societal factors affecting them. Her work is voyeuristic and empathetic at the same time – detached but involving. The series on show focuses on her mother Janet, going about daily tasks – cooking, cleaning, tidying and tending the garden of the Fife home where Caroline spent her childhood.
A book featuring illustrations of all the works in the series will be available as an accompaniment the exhibition, and much of Caroline’s work can be seen on the Gallery’s website in close detail, with extensive background information.
Image: Caroline Walker, ‘Study for Changing Pillowcases, Mid-Morning, March 2019’, oil on paper