About this artwork

McNairn’s paintings often contain a combination of interior and cityscape images. Here, the recognisable shape of a pot plant in the foreground is set against the familiar outline of the Scott monument, trees, a modern tower block, and a bridge similar to the Forth road bridge in the background. Other shapes are more mysterious. The title suggests that the artist was ‘looking outside’ through a window, but she presents us with a variety of images from different places, instead of a straightforward view. McNairn’s bold paintings are dominated by a palette of soft but cool colours – blues, greys, purples and pinks.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Looking Outside
  • date created:
    1987
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • measurements:
    182.90 x 182.90 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1989
  • accession number:
    GMA 3474
  • gallery:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Caroline McNairn

Caroline McNairn