Victoria Crowe: 50 Years of Painting

Victoria Crowe, Sheep, Shepherdess and Harbour Craig, 1975

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Embracing every aspect of Victoria Crowe’s practice, the exhibition will feature over 150 pieces, stemming from youthful student paintings which laid the foundation of her career to the assured landscapes and portraits of recent years. Drawing from 50 solo exhibitions, 50 Years of Painting will trace the rise of this celebrated artist, from early beginnings in which we catch glimpses of riches to come, through the highs and lows of her personal and professional life played out on canvas and paper, to recent years, where the cold light of a winter’s day in the Scottish Borders or the heat of a Venetian sunset still echo Crowe’s appreciation of early Renaissance and North European Painting.

The exhibition is displayed throughout the City Art Centre, spanning four gallery floors. A new film is being commissioned which will set the scene for visitors, giving them a personal glimpse into the artist’s practice to accompany the exhibition.

As one of Britain’s most distinguished painters, Victoria Crowe needs little introduction. Over a long, illustrious career, she has established herself as an artist whose work is instantly recognisable. Her oeuvre embraces many different concepts and art forms – she is skilled at portraiture, landscape and still life, and moves effortlessly between painting, printmaking and designing for tapestries, and most recently a collaboration with Matthew Rose for a performance of Winterreise, and with the composer Thea Musgrave.

By the turn of the new century, Crowe had already become one of the most respected portraitists of her generation. Early portraits included the eminent psychoanalyst Dr Winifred Rushforth (1982), poet Kathleen Raine (1984) and Member of Parliament Tam Dalyell (1987). Since then commissions have been frequent, ranging from a double portrait of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch (2016) to Professor Peter Higgs (2013). And in 2018, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery unveiled Victoria’s most recent portrait, of HRH Prince Charles.

Adult: £6.00
Concession: £4.50


18 May – 13 October 

Daily, 10am – 5pm

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City Art Centre
2 Market Street,
Edinburgh, EH1 1DE