Joan Eardley(1921 – 1963)
IN 2021 A SERIES EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS WILL MARK THE CENTENARY OF EARDLEY’S BIRTH
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.
EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS
DETAILS OF EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS TAKING PLACE THROUGHOUT 2021
“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.”
NEWS AND UPDATES
The Scottish Women and the Arts Research Network (SWARN) is to celebrate the life and work of the artist Joan Eardley in the centenary year of her birth.