WILHELMINA BARNS GRAHAM
Wilhelmina Barns Graham was one of the foremost British abstract artists. She studied at the Edinburgh College of Art, but then went to St Ives, Cornwall in 1940 where she quickly became part of a group of Hampstead-based modernists. Other members of this group included painter Ben Nicholson and sculptors Barbara Hepworth and Naum Gabo.
Graham often drew upon inspirations from landscape scenes, and her work typically lay in between abstract and representational. In 1999 she was elected an honorary member of the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Scottish Watercolourists, she was also a member of the Penwish Society of Arts, and was awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2001.