Joan Eardley: Land & sea-A life in Catterline (paperback)

National Galleries of Scotland
Patrick Elliott
Page count:
160 printed pages
115 colour and black & white
Item Size:
24.5 x 22 cm

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This beautifully illustrated book on artist Joan Eardley is published to celebrate the 100th anniversary of her birth in 2021. Joan Eardley, one of Scotland’s most loved artists, visited the coastal fishing village of Catterline in 1951 for the first time. It sparked a fascination that would last the rest of her life.

She made this village in north-east Scotland her home and found inspiration in the dramatic light and rapidly changing weather. The gentle landscapes and wild rolling seascapes she painted there in wind, snow, rain and sunshine are among her best-loved works.

Focusing on Eardley’s relationship with Catterline, this book includes previously unpublished archival material as well as specially conducted interviews with many of those in the village who knew her best, shedding new light on Eardley’s life and artistic practice. A vivid portrait is painted both of Eardley and of the village, showing the vital part Catterline played in her development as an artist. 

This evocative story is beautifully illustrated with many of her most remarkable drawings and paintings.  

About the author, Patrick Elliott is Chief Curator at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh. He has written extensively on modern and contemporary art and is the author of the highly successful National Galleries of Scotland books True to Life and Joan Eardley: A Sense of Place.