Part of High Life Highland’s partnership with the National Galleries of Scotland, Victoria Crowe: Beyond Likeness at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery includes Crowe’s portraits of sitters who enriched her own thinking and awareness, such as the psychiatrist R.D. Laing, the psychoanalyst Dr Winifred Rushforth and the Danish freedom fighter Ole Lippman, as well as intimate images of friends and family.
Crowe’s work is richly imbued with layers of meaning and personal resonance. This is true of her landscapes, interiors and still lifes and perhaps even more so in her portraiture. In the early 1980s, she began to paint people who had broadened her interest in the world of dream and myth and the search for spiritual understanding. Her portraiture records more than a sitter’s outward appearance, documenting through symbols the subject’s experiences, preoccupations, ideas and dreams.