Elizabeth Blackadder

  • 2nd July 2011 − 2nd January 2012 | Academy (Scottish National Gallery) | £8 (£6)

Still lifes

From early in her career Blackadder has used the subject of still life to explore the nature of things, moving between scientific analysis and pictorial freedom. A characteristic throughout has been the artist’s experimentation with space, at times using conventional perspective and at others dispensing with this, treating the canvas surface as a pictorial field. In the most abstract of these, the objects become less easily identifiable and instead function as notes of form and colour contained within an overall design.

At the same time as using the motif of still life, Blackadder looked afresh at the subject of the interior, using reflections and combinations of pattern to create rich and subtle compositions.

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