Mother and Child by Norah Neilson Gray (50 x 40 cm) framed print
50 x 40 cm ready to hang black framed print featuring artwork Mother and Child, 1920s, by Norah Neilson Gray (1882-1931), from the National Galleries of Scotland Collection. Frame size 53 x 43 cm, image size 39 x 28 cm. Printed in high-quality 240gsm smooth matt paper with light, fine-grain surface texture.
Scottish artist Norah Neilson Gray was born in Helensburgh and studied at the Glasgow School of Art, where she later taught fashion design and drawing. She died at the age of forty-eight from cancer, when she was well known as ‘the foremost Scottish woman painter’.
After World War One, Gray built up her portrait practice, based in her studio at 141 Bath Street, Glasgow. She produced decorative but unsentimental images of young women and children. Her paintings are characterised by unconventional placing of figures, unusual colour schemes and shadow patterns, as can be seen in this work. This painting becomes increasing stylised towards the bottom of the image, using a limited palette and shadows to dramatic effect.