Rarely seen drawings of a British artist

A special collection of drawings from a significant British artist will be on display in the Burton Art Gallery

THE RARELY seen drawings of one of the most significant British artists of the 20th century will be exhibited at the Burton Art Gallery in March.

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham was an abstract painter and as well as her primary practice of painting and printmaking, she also supported her artistic career with drawings.

Over 40 of her drawings, which she dismissed as “just drawings”, will be shown at the Burton Art Gallery in Bideford from March 3 to April 16.

The Barns-Graham trust was established in 1987 by Wilhelmina herself, who passed away in 2004, to secure her life’s work for future generations.


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Geoffrey Bertram, chairman of the trust, said: “Wilhelmina Barns-Graham’s drawings have not been widely seen, and, until now, there has never been an extensive exhibition of drawings on this scale.”

The drawings featured range from those inspired by the sea to natural forms, rocks, trees and landscapes.

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Miranda Clarke, Visual Arts Manager, Burton Art Gallery and Museum said: “The exhibition of drawings by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham provides a new perspective on this important artist’s work and we are delighted to have this opportunity to bring her work to North Devon.”

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