The Healing Herb, Viola
By Victoria Crowe

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Year
2006
Media
Printmaking
Subject Matter
People - Still Life and Flowers
Reg. Number
G1241
Size
101 x 78 cm

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This print is concerned with healing, care and treatment. The herb viola is shown as a key feature. The healing properties of the viola have been cherished over the ages and are expressed here by pairing the image of the contemporary woman on the right with an early saint holding a chalice (sourced from a painting by Sebastiano del Pionibo, 1509, now in the Academia, Venice).

Over the last 35 years Victoria Crowe, one of Scotland's leading painters, has established herself as a painter whose work is instantly recognisable. While the full range of her painting covers landscape, still lifes, portraits, self-portraits and interiors, much of her work defies such precise categorisation. She has been described as "one of the most vital and original figurative painters currently at work in Scotland".

Victoria Crowe was born in Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey in 1945. She studied at Kingston School of Art from 1961-65 and then at the Royal College of Art, London from 1965-68. At her postgraduate show she was invited by Sir Robin Philipson to teach at Edinburgh College of Art. For 30 years she worked as a part-time lecturer in the School of Drawing and Painting while developing her own artistic practice.

She is a member of the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) and the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours (RSW). She has shown widely throughout the UK, with regular solo shows at the Thackeray Gallery, London, and in particular with The Scottish Gallery since 1970.

In 2000 her exhibition, 'A Shepherd's Life' - which consisted of work collected from the 1970's and 80's - was one of the National Galleries of Scotland's Millennium exhibitions. It received great acclaim and went on to tour. The exhibition was subsequently reassembled in 2009 for a three month showing at the Fleming Collection, London. A tapestry was commissioned from the Dovecot Studios to celebrate the exhibition. This coincided with an exhibition of retrospective and current work - "Overview"- at The Fine Art Society, London.

In 2009 she received an Honorary Degree from The University of Aberdeen and in 2010 was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Victoria Crowe is currently Deputy President of the Royal Scottish Academy.

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