Victoria Crowe – Light on Landscape

I have admired the work of Victoria Crowe since I bought a copy of ‘The Shepherd’s Life’, a study in pictures of Crowe’s  neighbour, Jenny Armstrong, a shepherd in the traditional Scottish way of life. 

The highly evocative and moving paintings of what this talented artist called ‘The Landscape of a Broken Moorland’ as Jenny single-handedly ran her sheep farm sparked my interest in the many paintings and achievements of Victoria who is currently displaying some of her works at Edinburgh’s Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh’s Dundas Street.

Victoria Crowe studied at the Kingston School of Art from 1961-1965 where she met the late Sir Robin Phillipson at her post-graduate Show. He invited her to teach at the Edinburgh College of Art ,as a part-time lecturer in Drawing and Painting, whilst she developed her own practice. She has shown widely throughout the United Kingdom and often at The Scottish Gallery, where 37 works under the title ‘Light on Landscape’ are on display at the Gallery until 29th October.

crowe1This beautiful exhibition  exactly depicts its title. The works are in various media, for example ‘Winter Caveat’  is in oil on linen (127cm x 127 cm ) and is dreamy and mysterious. In contrast ‘Day to Evening’ (header picture), takes us into the contrast between the moving from light into dark – bold trees dominate the foreground and the light fading is behind. This is in acrylic and ink (56 x 76 cm) and shows the range of the Exhibition.

Victoria was made OBE for services to Art in 2004. From 2004 to 2007 she was a senior visiting Fellow at St Catherine’s College, Cambridge. Other  recognition of her influence are: an Honorary Degree from the University of St Andrews and, in 2010, election as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, as well as membership of the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) and the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW).

A new project for 2017 will involve a collaboration with opera singer Matthew Rose and the presentation, called ‘Winterreise’ will feature a video presentation of Victoria’s paintings to complement each verse of the song cycle. This is not an artist who is reluctant to embrace new ways of depicting art!

To return to the Exhibition at the Scottish Gallery, the light and shade and contrast of the paintings manages to be both stimulating and calming in turn. I suggest this is no mean feat.

For more information contact, The Scottish Gallery, 16 Dundas Street, Edinburgh EH3 6HZ. Telephone 0131 558 1200. Email website



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