New Barns-Graham exhibition

Volcanic Island Lanzarote near La Geria, 2, 1989, acrylic on paper by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham � The Barns-Graham Charitable Trust

Volcanic Island Lanzarote near La Geria, 2, 1989, acrylic on paper by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham � The Barns-Graham Charitable Trust

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A UNIQUE exhibition from one of the most significant British artists of the 20th century opens on Saturday, May 19, at Perth Museum and Art Gallery.

‘A Discipline of the Mind: The Drawings of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham’ marks the centenary of the artist’s birth and features over 40 works, ranging from energy drawings inspired by the sea and currents to natural forms from rocks and trees to ice and landscapes.

The exhibition is sponsored by Perth Festival of the Arts.

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham was born in St Andrews but based herself in St Ives for an extensive period of her life.

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As a key contributor to the St Ives School of artists, her contemporaries included painter Ben Nicholson and sculptor Barbara Hepworth.

Throughout her artistic career, her primary focus on painting and printmaking was supported by drawing, which she referred to as ‘a discipline of the mind’.

The title of the exhibition draws on her description of drawing as a mental exercise to explore and examine the visual world around her.

The exhibition is open Mondays to Saturdays at Perth Museum and Art Gallery until October 20.