Joan Eardley at The Hunterian

82 Hillhead Street, Glasgow G12 8QQ
July – September 2021

“Joan Eardley’s gift was to bring seemingly everyday surroundings to life,” says Anton Muscatelli, Principal of the University of Glasgow. “Her seascapes at Catterline are amongst my favourite paintings and we’re very fortunate to have three in our University collection.”

Ever since the Hunterian Art Gallery opened its doors in 1980, Eardley’s works have been favourites among members of the University community and visitors alike. Her ability to capture the elemental energy of her subjects gives her work a timeless quality that resonates with today’s viewers as much as it did with her contemporaries.

In this exhibition, The Hunterian will share with its visitors the rich array of material related to Joan Eardley the University of Glasgow collections contain, from little known letters to some of her greatest masterpieces. Focusing on twenty or so works, it will consider how this material came to be part of the University’s collections, and the stories underpinned by their provenance.

Joan Eardley, Covered Market, Glasgow, c1945-1949, The Glasgow School of Art - Archives and Collections.

Joan Eardley, Breaking Wave, 1960, painting, The Hunterian, University of Glasgow. 
© Joan Eardley Estate