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In The Abstract

The Hatton Gallery are exploring the work of Scottish artist Wilhelmina Barns-Graham with a large-scale exhibition entitled ‘Paths to Abstraction’.

I’ve got a tea-towel with a Wilhelmina Barns-Graham print on it. Get me! If you don’t know her work then you should know that she was one of the foremost British abstract artists. She actually began her career, though, in the figurative field – specifically the fields (and other views) around Cornwell. This exhibition will feature some of these early works as well as the abstract canvases she made during the 1960s and early 1970s. (Highlights are bound to include her striking depictions of the Grindewald Glacier in Switzerland.) In all, the show will feature around seventy works – paintings and drawings – and should prove even more an eye-opener than my tea-towel. RM

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: Paths to Abstraction, 11 February-20 May, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle. hattongallery.org.uk

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