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Joan Eardley (1921–1963), Artist
© the Eardley estate. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo credit: National Galleries of Scotland

Joan Eardley (1921–1963), Artist 1943

Joan Kathleen Harding Eardley (1921–1963)

National Galleries of Scotland

(b Bailing Hill Farm, nr. Warnham, Sussex, 18 May 1921; d Killearn, nr. Glasgow, 16 Aug. 1963). British painter, born in England but considered Scottish (her mother was Scottish and she lived in Scotland from 1940). One of her teachers was James Cowie; he perhaps helped to shape her preference for subjects drawn from everyday experience, but her approach was more earthy and sensuous than his. She divided her time between Glasgow (where she painted kitchen sink subjects) and the fishing village of Catterline, about 30 km (20 miles) south of Aberdeen on the north-east coast. Her favourite subjects in her later years were the village and the sea, especially in stormy weather (she is said to have set off from her Glasgow home as soon as she heard reports of gales).

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)


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