Beyond Likeness exhibition book beautifully illustrates 80 artworks by Victoria Crowe. This paperback publication features the portraits include the artist’s family, composer Ronald Stevenson, pioneer medical scientist Dame Janet Vaughan, poet Kathleen Raine, actor Graham Crowden, psychiatris Professor Sir Peter Higgs and many others.
This book was published to accompany the art exhibition of the same name. Written by Victoria, Julie Lawson, Duncan MacMillan and published by the National Galleries of Scotland. This book also tells Crowe’s own story – both professional and personal – through her art. She has developed an approach to portraiture that seeks to do more than record the outward appearance of a person: she aims to represent something of the inner life.
Victoria Crowe is one of Britain’s most vital and original figurative painters. Here, Duncan Macmillan explores the exceptional skill of this remarkable artist’s portraits and Victoria Crowe, herself, contributes many insightful accounts of her own thoughts and perceptions as each work developed.
Julie Lawson is Chief Curator at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh. She has curated numerous highly acclaimed exhibitions and is the author of previous books including A Shepherd’s Life: Paintings of Jenny Armstrong by Victoria Crowe (2000), John Byrne: Sitting Ducks (2014) and Graham Fagen / Douglas Gordon / Jackie Kay (2017).
Duncan MacMillan is an art historian, art critic and writer. He is the author of numerous books, including Painting in Scotland: The Golden Age (Phaidon, 1986), Scottish Art in the 20th Century (Mainstream Publishing, 1994), Scottish Art: 1460–2000 (Mainstream Publishing, 2000) and Victoria Crowe (ACC, 2012)