This beautifully illustrated book on Scottish artist Joan Eardley documents two contrasting strands urban and rural subject matter which are the focus of this book, which looks in detail at her working process. It draws on a remarkable archive of sketches and photographs which remains largely unknown and unpublished. It also features many works from public and private collections, allowing the viewer to trace specific developments between the photographs, the drawings and the finished paintings. Many of the works in this book have never been published before
Joan Eardley was one of the best loved Scottish artists of the twentieth century, her career lasted barely fifteen years: she died in 1963, aged just forty-two. During that time she concentrated on two very different themes: the extraordinarily candid paintings of children in the Townhead area of Glasgow; and paintings of the fishing village of Catterline, just south of Aberdeen, with its leaden skies and wild sea.
About the author, Patrick Elliott is Senior Curator at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh. He has written extensively on modern and contemporary art.