Joan Eardley

(1921 – 1963)

A SERIES OF EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS IN 2021 WILL MARK THE CENTENARY OF EARDLEY’S BIRTH

Eardley in her studio at 204 St James Road, Townhead in Glasgow with chalk sketches of children c. 1950s

Eardley in her studio at 204 St James Road, Townhead, Glasgow with chalk sketches of children c.1950s

Joan Eardley was one of the most original and admired British artists of her generation.

A painter’s painter, who created a unique visual language which has been much emulated, Eardley’s raw, yet tender, depictions of children in 1950s Glasgow contrast vividly with her loose and expressive landscapes painted around Catterline in the north east of Scotland.

Eardley’s star burned brightly in the post-war years before she died at the age of 42 in 1963. Almost 60 years later, her work is being constantly re-evaluated and rediscovered by new generations of fans.

Joan Eardley around the UK

A MAP OF PAINTINGS IN UK PUBLIC COLLECTION VENUES

“Joan Eardley is one of the greatest painters in Scottish art history. Very few female Scottish artists have received the attention and recognition that they deserve. In my opinion however, Joan’s name would top any list that set out to acknowledge the most important female painters ever to have put brush to canvas in Scotland. No artist has painted Glasgow’s inner city the way Eardley did and very few have matched her visionary approach to painting the coastline of Scotland. Eardley broke with tradition as a painter, she broke with convention as a person and she never compromised her determination to be an honest witness of the world she saw around her.”

Lachlan Goudie

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FILM | TABERNACLE – Joan Eardley & Margot Sandeman

FILM | TABERNACLE – Joan Eardley & Margot Sandeman

A short film on the Tabernacle - Isle of Arran, Scotland, where artists Joan Eardley and Margot Sandeman shared a studio. Voiceover by Scottish broadcaster Kirsty Wark. Film by Simon Sloan for the Arran Arts Heritage Trail. For further information on the Arran Arts...

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FILM | JOAN EARDLEY,  A SENSE OF PLACE

FILM | JOAN EARDLEY, A SENSE OF PLACE

Joan Eardley A Sense Of Place was produced for the National Galleries of Scotland for the exhibition of the same name at Scottish National Gallery Of Modern Art  December 2016 - May 2017

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EARDLEY 100 PRESS COVERAGE

EARDLEY 100 PRESS COVERAGE

Studio International10 August 2021https://studiointernational.com/index.php/joan-eardley-centenary-review-the-scottish-gallery-edinburgh Scottish Art NewsSummer 2021https://issuu.com/scottishartnews/docs/san_for_online The Herald7 August 2021Sarah Urwin-Jones Critic's...

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EDWIN MORGAN: AN EARDLEY ON MY WALL

EDWIN MORGAN: AN EARDLEY ON MY WALL

An online exhibition by The Hunterian, University of GlasgowThis  online exhibition features artworks from the personal collection of Scottish poet Edwin Morgan (1920-2010) and marks the Edwin Morgan Centenary which launched on 27 April 2020.Joan Eardley, Sweet Shop,...

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NEWLY COMMISSIONED TAPESTRY OF JULY FIELDS

NEWLY COMMISSIONED TAPESTRY OF JULY FIELDS

NEWLY COMMISSIONED TAPESTRY OF JULY FIELDS To mark The Scottish Gallery's exhibition, the Artist's Estate and the gallery are working in partnership with Dovecot Studios to create a new commission in honour of Joan Eardley.  This will be created over a period of six...

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ONLINE SYMPOSIUM: CALL FOR PAPERS

ONLINE SYMPOSIUM: CALL FOR PAPERS

The Isle of Arran – An Artistic Legacy 29th April 2021 The Arran Arts Heritage Trail, in partnership with Paisley Museum and the School of Culture and Creative Arts at the University of Glasgow, will be hosting an online symposium on 29th April 2021 celebrating and...

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LIFE AND WORK OF JOAN EARDLEY TO BE CELEBRATED IN 2021

LIFE AND WORK OF JOAN EARDLEY TO BE CELEBRATED IN 2021

Joan Eardley Salmon Nets and the Sea, 1960. (The Hunterian, University of Glasgow) Image © Eardley Estate. For Eardley a truly successful painting had to go deeper than a mere visual record, no matter how accurate...Her success lay in her ability to combine the acute,...

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