Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: Pathways to Abstraction at Newcastle University’s Hatton Gallery is the largest exhibition for over 30 years, of work by the Scots-born abstract painter Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, offering a fascinating insight into the first half of her career. A 1937 graduate from Edinburgh College of Art, Barns-Graham moved to St Ives in Cornwall in 1940, then home to some of the key figures of the British avant-garde.
This show captures her 20-year evolution from promising landscape painter to fully fledged abstractionist, enabling us to watch her experiments in form and colour, from her powerful, semi-abstract paintings of the Grindelwald glacier in Switzerland to the pure abstracts of the 1960s focusing on colour and shape. This rare chance to see an artist’s development unfold before our eyes shows how she developed from being a minor member of the St Ives group to become a powerful pioneering painter in her own right.
Entry is free, with a suggested donation of £5.