Open Edition Print reproducing Sunghrie III, 2002, by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912-2004), artwork part of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Collection, GMA 5452
Open Edition giclee print 100% cotton rag paper, 280gsm
Paper size 50 x 70cm – 4cm white border with artwork information in a bottom line
About the Work
Sunghrie was the name of one of Barns-Graham’s Siamese cats. Ann Gunn notes in her Catalogue of Barns-Graham’s prints that the artist also thought it was the name of a Tibetan River. She was very interested in Tibet and Buddhism, though the name more likely refers to the Sunghari or Songhua River in northeast China.
About the Artist
Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (Scottish, 1912 - 2004)
Born in St Andrews, Barns-Graham studied at Edinburgh College of Art from 1932 to 1937, where she became interested in abstract art. She moved to St Ives in Cornwall in 1940, finding among the modernist artists who had settled there (including Naum Gabo, Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth) a sympathetic environment for her developing work. A visit to Switzerland in 1948 inspired a series of drawings and paintings of glaciers. Barns-Graham was captivated by the combination of their transparency and rough surfaces. From this time onwards she produced abstract compositions using geometrical forms, but with their origins in nature.
Produced for the major exhibition Modern Scottish Women | Painters and Sculptors 1885-1965, from 7th November 2015 − 26th June 2016 at Modern Two (Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
© The Barns-Graham Charitable Trust
Prints are unframed and unmounted
Delivered rolled in a cardboard tube