Lines & Rhythms by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham

September 13, 2016 by Perthshire Creates

It’s all hands on deck at The Watermill Gallery  in Aberfeldy as they prepare for the forthcoming exhibitions Lines and Rhythms, an exhibition of drawings, painting and prints by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham CBE, which opens this Saturday 17th September and runs until Tuesday 10th January 2017.

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912–2004) was born in St Andrews and divided her time between Scotland and St Ives where her work contributed greatly to the development of Modernist British art. She returned to St Andrews for her latter, most fruitful years where, with a brio that defied her age, she produced works of stunning colour and depth.

She is known primarily for her abstract painting and printmaking but she also produced a distinctive body of graphic work.

These drawings all made ‘in the field’, concentrate absolutely and intensely on the visible world. She makes bold use of powerful rhythmical lines that pulse with energy. At first sight the drawings seem unrelated to her abstract works with their dramatic use of colour.

However, she regarded drawing as an invaluable ‘discipline of the mind’, which both nourished and informed her other creative work.  The discipline and attention of her drawings are a vital counter-balance to the freedom and expansiveness of her paintings and prints.

This exhibition, organised by The Watermill Gallery  in collaboration with the Barns-Graham Trust, will be an opportunity to view one of the most significant collections of her drawings and prints to be shown in Scotland. You can find out more on the exhibition website, or contact The Watermill on 01887 822896 or by email on

The Watermill in Aberfeldy is open Mon-Sat 10am – 5.30pm & Sun 11am – 5.30pm. Aberfeldy is within 1½ hours’ drive of Glasgow or Edinburgh. It occupies the top floor of the Watermill complex, which also houses the biggest bookshop in rural Scotland, a cafe and music shop.  It has been voted The Best Independent Bookshop in the UK.

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