The Chronology of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham

* Indicates consecutive annual exhibitions.

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham lived a long and fruitful life spanning nine decades. This chronology includes the pivotal events of her life and career including selected awards, key exhibitions with solo exhibitions and group exhibitions indicated by (s) and (g) respectively. A selection of exhibitions that have taken place following her death have been added at the end.

Early Life

1912 - 1939

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St Ives

1940 - 1960

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Mid Career 1: Order and Disorder


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Mid Career 2: Expanding Forwards

1981 - 1992

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Late Flourish

1992 - 2004

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  • 1992 Received Honorary Doctorate, University of St. Andrews.

    Honorary Member Penwith Society and Newlyn Society.

    W. Barns-Graham Drawings, Crawford Arts Centre, St Andrews and The Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro (s)

    Artists from Cornwall, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol. (g)

    The Scottish Gallery: The First 150 Years, Festival Exhibition, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh. (g)

    New Beginnings, Postwar British Art, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh. (g)

    Flowers East, London. (g)

  • 1992-93 W. Barns-Graham at 80

    William Jackson Gallery, London touring to Lillie Art Gallery, Milngavie; Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal; Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter; Dundee Art Galleries & Museum, Dundee; Wakefield Art Gallery, Wakefield. (s)

  • 1993 Tate St. Ives: changing collection display, and throughout following years. (g)

  • 1994 Drawings 1945-1960, Art First, London. (s)

    The Wolf at the Door, Penzance. (s)

    British Abstract Paintings, Flowers East, London. (g)

    Painters Prints, Curwen Gallery, London. (g)

    Curwen Gallery Contemporary Prints, Coach House Gallery, Guernsey. (g)

  • 1995 Art First, London. (s)

    Porthmeor Beach: A Century of Images, Tate St Ives. (g)

    100 Years Context & Continuity, Newlyn Art Gallery. (g)

    A Cornish Midsummer, Royal West of England Academy; in collaboration with the Penwith Society, St Ives. (g)

    Cornwall, New Academy Gallery, London. (g)

    William Gear Friends Past & Present, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. (g)

  • 1996 The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh. (s)

  • 1996-97 The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh. (s)

  • 1997 Art First, London. (s)

    The New Millennium Gallery, St. Ives. (s)

    Three Years On!, Art First, London. (g)

    Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW), Edinburgh, Critics Choice. (g)

    The Fifties: Art from the British Council Collection, touring to Cyprus, France and Ireland. (g)

    The Impact of Abstraction, Tate Gallery St Ives. (g

  • 1998 Henley Arts Festival, Henley on Thames, with Art First (London). (g)

    Royal Academy of Art Summer Exhibition, London. (g)

    Displays 1997-8, Tate, St. Ives. (g)

    Curwen Print Makers, Curwen Gallery, London. (g)

  • 1998-2004 *Royal Scottish Academy (RSA), Edinburgh. (g)

  • 1998-2004 *Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW), Edinburgh. (g)

  • 1999 Honorary Member RSA and RSW and Scottish Arts Club.

    Received Honorary Doctorate, University of Plymouth.

    McGeary Gallery, Brussels, Belgium. (s)

    Art First, London. (s)

    Liberation and Tradition – Scottish Art 1875 – 1963, Aberdeen Art Gallery and McManus Gallery, Dundee. (g)

    Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London. (g)

    Scotland’s Art, City Art Centre, Edinburgh. (g)

    RSA Festival Exhibition, Edinburgh. (g)

    St Ives and British Modernism, Jonathan Clark Gallery, London. (g)

  • 1999-2000 Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: An Enduring Image, Tate Gallery St. Ives. (s)

  • 2001 Awarded CBE for Services to Art.

    Awarded Honorary Doctorate, University of Exeter.

    Publication of first edition of W. Barns-Graham; a studio life, by Lynne Green, published by Lund Humphries

    Eigse, Carlow Arts Festival, Ireland – invited Principal Artist. (s)

    W. Barns-Graham Prints, Exeter University. (s)

    W. Barns-Graham: painting as celebration, Crawford Arts Centre, St Andrews.

    Art First, London. (s)

    Art First in Print, Art First, London. (g)

    New Work from Scotland, Bohun Gallery, Henley on Thames. (g)

    Critic’s Choice (Mark Lawson), Newlyn Art Gallery. (g)

    St. Ives in the 60s, Tate Gallery St. Ives. (g)

    St Ives Past and Present: paintings and prints, New Academy Gallery, London. (g)

    The Colourist Connection, McManus Gallery, Dundee. (g)

  • 2002-04 'W. Barns-Graham: painting as celebration'

    'W. Barns-Graham: painting as celebration', toured by Crawford Arts Centre, St. Andrews to Aberdeen Art Gallery; Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro; Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield; City Art Gallery and Museum, York; Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster University; Ferens Art Gallery, Kingston upon Hull; Lillie Art Gallery, Milngavie; Hawick Museum. (s)

  • 2002 Elected as Honorary Member of the Royal West of England Academy.

    'Wilhelmina Barns-Graham - A Celebration at 90', The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh. (s)

    'Wilhelmina Barns-Graham at 90; A Tribute from Art First', London. (s)

    Critic’s Choice (Mel Gooding), Newlyn Art Gallery. (g)

    Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh. (g)

    Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London. (g)

    Lemon Street Gallery, Truro. (g)

  • 2003 Awarded Honorary Doctorate, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh.

    Newlyn Art Gallery - new screenprints. (g)

  • 2004 Died 26 January, St Andrews at age of 91.

Subsequent Events

2004 to present

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  • 2004 Wilhelmina Barns-Graham 1912 – 2004: A Tribute – Recent Paintings and New Prints’, Art First, London. (s)

    Ben Nicholson and the St Ives School, Permanent Collection Display, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh. (g)

  • 2005 On 31 January, Rowan James died following a short illness.

    Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: Movement and Light Imag(in)ing Time’, Tate Gallery St Ives

    Fine Prints from the Final Decade, Art First, London. (s)

    Famous Fifers, St Andrews Museum. (g)


  • 2006 Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: Important Works from her Career, Art First, London. (s)

    Late Prints and Small Painting, Dorse Gallery, South Petherton, Somerset. (s)

  • 2006-07 Consider the Lilies

    Consider the Lilies – Works from Dundee’s Twentieth Century Art Collection’, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art 2, Edinburgh, touring to the Fleming Collection, London. (g)


  • 2007 The prints of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: A Complete Catalogue, by Ann Gunn, published by Lund Humphries.

    Paintings and Drawings 1952 – 2003, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh. (s)

    Elemental Energies: the Art of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Trinity Hall, Cambridge. (s)

    A Different Way of Working, Gateway Gallery, University of St Andrews. (s)

    Evolution: the Work of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Sherborne House, Sherborne, Dorset. (s)

    Wilhelmina Barns-Graham in Print, Art First, London. (s)

    A Life in Print, Penwith Galleries, St Ives. (s)

    Modernism in St Ives, Tate Gallery St Ives. (g)

    Pier Art Centre, Stromness, Orkney. (g)

  • 2008 Art First, London. (s)

    The Legacy of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: Paintings and Drawings 1938-2003 in the Collection of The Barns-Graham Charitable Trust, Art London Art Fair (Invited Charity). (s)

    An Adventure in Printmaking, Bohun Gallery, Henley on Thames. (s)

    Tom Caldwell Gallery, Belfast (Prints). (s)

    Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh (Prints). (s)

    The Art of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, David Krut Projects, New York. (s)

    Behind Closed Doors: Birmingham’s Private Collections from van Dyck to Cornelia Parker, Barber Institute of Arts, University of Birmingham. (g)

    Energy in Abstraction: Wilhelmina Barns-Graham/Sandra Blow, Art First, London. (g)

    St Ives Moderns, Belgrave Gallery, St Ives. (g)

    British Abstract Art 1950-1985, Portland Gallery, London. (g)

  • 2008-09 Four Scottish Painters

    Four Scottish Painters: W. Barns-Graham, John Bellany, Alan Davie, Anne Redpath, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh. (g)

  • 2009 Order and Disorder: Paintings 1965-1980, Art First, London. (s)

    ZOOM: Looking Back/Looking Forward, Art First, London. (s)

    The Edinburgh School of Painting, Lemon Street Gallery, Truro, Cornwall. (g)

    Collage London/New York, Fred Mann, London. (g)

    Society of Scottish Artists Annual, Vision Building, Dundee. (g)

  • 2009-12 A Discipline of the Mind

    A Discipline of the Mind – The Drawings of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham,
    Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney, and tour to Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds (2009); Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery (2011); Burton Art Gallery and Museum, Bideford, North Devon (2012); Perth Art Gallery & Museum (2012). (s)

  • 2010 Relief Collages 1982-1987, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh. (s)

    Wilhelmina Barns-Graham – On Growth and Form, Paintings and Drawings 1950-2002, Tower Building, University of Dundee (as part of the 150th D’Arcy Thomson Anniversary). (s)

    Edge of Abstraction, Mascalls School Gallery, Paddock Wood, Kent. (g)

    Artists of St Ives and the South West, Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery. (g)

    Godrevy Light, National Maritime Museum, Falmouth, Cornwall. (g)

    Volcano: Turner to Warhol, Compton Verney, Warwickshire. (g)

    Cross Currents in Modern British Art: Part I – English Modernism, The Fine Art Society, London. (g)

  • 2011 Publication of second edition, revised and expanded, of W. Barns-Graham; a studio life, by Lynne Green, published by Lund Humphries.

    Colour as Celebration, Prints and Paintings, Bohun Gallery, Henley on Thames. (s)

    St Ives Moderns, Belgrave Gallery, St Ives. (g)

    Scottish Art 1650-2010: Work from the City’s Collection, City Art Centre, Edinburgh. (g)

  • 2012 Centenary Year celebrating artist’s birth.

    Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: a Scottish artist in St Ives, Fleming Collection, London and City Art Centre Edinburgh. (s)

    Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: a Line of Drawing 1943-1993, Art First, London. (s)

    A Joy of Colour: late prints and paintings by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Watermill Gallery, Aberfeldy. (s)

    Wilhelmina Barns-Graham; from St Andrews to St Ives, 108 Fine Art, Harrogate.

    A Different Way of Working. The Prints of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Inverness. Museum & Art Gallery and tour to St Fergus Gallery, Wick; Iona Gallery, Kingussie; Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries. (s)

    A St Andrews Modernist. Paintings, Drawings & Prints by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham 1912-2004, Fraser Gallery, St Andrews. (s)

    Wilhelmina Barns-Graham - Collector’s Choice, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh. (s)

    An Artist in St Ives: paintings & Drawings by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham 1912-2004, Belgrave Gallery, St Ives. (s)

    Drawn to Colour: Prints and Drawings by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Shirley Crowther Art at The Jointure Studio, Ditchling, Sussex. (s)

  • 2013 A Different Way of Working.

    Different Way of Working. The Prints of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Dick Institute, Kilmarnock, touring to Scott Art Gallery, Hawick Museum. (s)

    Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: the Late Prints 1998-2004, ART@47, Pittenweem, Fife. (s)

    Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: The Printed Image, 108 Fine Art, Harrogate. (s)

    Mathematical Beauty: the Science and Art of Form, Gateway Galleries, University of St Andrews. (g)

    Artist Prints, Waterhouse & Dodd, London. (g)

    Collecting Prints, Bohun Gallery, Henley on Thames. (g)

    Forty Years of Fine Art, Bohun Gallery, Henley on Thames. (g)

  • 2014 Sale of Balmungo House, St Andrews.

    In Perspective: the Late Paintings, Art First, London. (s)

    Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Prints, Leyden Gallery, London. (s)

    A Survey of Works from 1945-1995, Art First at Art London Art Fair. (g)

    Modern Masters III, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh. (g)

    Modern British & St Ives Exhibition, Belgrave Gallery, St Ives. (g)

    Scottish Art Today, Bohun Gallery, Henley on Thames. (g)

    Modern British Heroines, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh. (g)

    Rhythms of Land and Sea: an Exhibition Celebrating Orkney, in recognition of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham’s seminal trip to the islands, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh. (g)

    No Foreign Land: Landscapes from the Fleming Collection, Fleming Collection, London. (g)

    Five from St Ives: Barns-Graham, Berlin, Frost, Hilton & Wells, Belgrave Gallery, St Ives. (g)

  • 2015 Coast to Coast, Bohun Gallery, Henley on Thames. (s)

    Delineations: Drawings at Art First, Art First, London. (g)

    A Scottish Selection: Paintings from the Fleming Collection, Jerwood Gallery, Hastings. (g)

    St Ives Connections: Wilhelmina Barns-Graham with Roger Hilton, John Wells and Bryan Winter, Art First, London. (g)

    Artists and Music, Bohun Gallery, Henley on Thames.  (g)

    A Selection of Prints from the Barns-Graham Charitable Trust Gift, The Scottish National of Modern Art 2, Edinburgh.  (s)

    Modern Scottish Women Painters and Sculptors 1885 - 1965, The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art 2, Edinburgh.  (g)

  • 2016 Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: Last Light, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh. (s)

    Collection of Collages 1982 - 1993, Art First, London.  (s)

    Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: a Scottish artist in St Ives, Penlee House Gallery and Museum, Penzance, Cornwall.  (s)

    Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: St Andrews and St Ives, Belgrave Gallery, St Ives.  (s)

    Wilhelmina Barns-Graham – Line and Rhythm: Line Drawings and Late Prints, Watermill Gallery, Aberfeldy.  (s)

    A Different Way of Working : the prints of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Beverley Art Gallery, Yorkshire.  (s)

    St Ives Exhibition 2016, Belgrave Gallery, St Ives.  (g)

    Seeing Round Corners, Turner Contemporary, Margate.  (g)

    Artists and Music, Bohun Gallery, Henley on Thames.  (g)

  • 2017 Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Waterhouse & Dodd, London (s)

    A Different Way of Working: the prints of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, Devon (s)

    Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: St Ives 1940-1947, Penwith Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall (s)

    London Art Fair, with Waterhouse & Dodd (g)

    Wynwood Art Fair, Miami, with Waterhouse & Dodd (g)

    TEFAF, Maastricht, with Waterhouse & Dodd (g)

    Women Artists: Power and Presence, Otter Gallery, University of Chichester (g)

    Portraits of Stromness, Pier Arts Centre, Stromnes, Orkney (g)

    A Studio Practice, The Scotish Gallery, Edinburgh (g)

    St Ives Annual, Belgrave Gallery, St Ives (g)

    Artists of Fame and Promise, Bohun Gallery, Henley on Thames (g)

    Patricia Cain: Seeing beyond the Immediate, Gracefield Art Centre, Dumfries and The Scott Gallery, Hawick (g)

    Coastal Connections, Otter Gallery, University of Chichester (g)

    Two points Atlantic: St Ives and Provincetown, Crane Kalman Gallery, London (g)

    Modern Art and St Ives, Tate St Ives (g)

    Miami Art Fair, with Waterhouse & Dodd (g)