Victoria Crowe, who has been described as “one of the most vital and original figurative painters currently at work in Scotland” will have an exhibition of new work throughout August at The Scottish Gallery.
Crowe is renowned for both her portraits and landscape works. She has been commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery, Scottish Portrait Gallery and Cambridge University to do portraits of people such as RD Laing, Tam Dayell, Graham Crowden, Kathleen Raine, and Professor David Ingram. She was also commissioned by the Danish Portrait Gallery to paint the resistance leader, Ole Lippmann and this now hangs in Frederiksberg Castle and last year her portrait of Professor Peter Higgs was unveiled at the Royal Society.
Her current pictures for this exhibition concern themselves with mirrors and windows and the finest gradations of changing and refracted light. Three particular windows frame her vision. There is a south facing, luminous window in Edinburgh, looking out through mature city trees to the Salisbury Crags. A country window in the Scottish Borders faces out and upwards to trees, hillside, upland horizon. Then there is a high apartment window on the Giudecca in Venice, looking across the broad waters to the Zattere, with the dome of the Salute magnificent on the skyline.
Alongside the Victoria Crowe exhibition will be Modern British Heroines which will include work by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Prunella Clough, Joan Eardley, Elizabeth Frink and Winifred Nicholson with more artists to be announced.