- 2nd July 2011 − 2nd January 2012 | Academy (Scottish National Gallery) | £8 (£6)
Blackadder’s approach to her art is one built upon accumulated experience and intuition. Her work has always been based upon personal observation of the world around her, but as we look back now across some sixty years of her career, it is clear the artist’s approach has varied greatly.
The sombre portraits of her student years quickly gave way to virtuosic drawing made in Italy during travelling scholarships of the mid-1950s. As she began to establish her name in the 1960s, she experimented with a range of approaches and the subject of still life began to dominate in her work. By the end of that decade, after a visit to the United States (where she was able to see recent American abstraction), her work grew in scale and ambition.
Later in the 1970s and into the 1980s she renewed her childhood interest in botanical painting; at the same time, she travelled extensively, providing new sources and inspiration for her art.