About this artwork

This painting was created while Barns-Graham was travelling in Spain in 1958. She was influenced by the vibrant earthy colours and bold designs encountered there and this impact made its way into her work as new compositions of strong shapes and distinctive areas of colour. It made sense for Barns-Graham to treat colour as a central element of her work because she has the rare condition of synaesthesia, meaning she has heightened colour associations; places, people, names and letters of the alphabet are all remembered initially as different colours.

  • title:
    Untitled
  • accession number:
    GML 772
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  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    1958
  • measurements:
    88.00 x 138.80 cm (framed: 103.50 x 154.70 x 4.60 cm)
  • credit line:
    Long loan in 1995
  • copyright:
    © THE BARNS-GRAHAM CHARITABLE TRUST

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham