The Outsider

Pat Douthwaite

01 Jun 2016 - 25 Jun 2016

The work of Pat Douthwaite is not easily defined, at once naive and intellectually loaded, personal but resonating with cultural references. It was not made for others but came from that deep-seated need of the creative to make, to express. This said she was not uninterested in what people thought often drawing an audience into a dangerous dialogue; she was impossible to please and made enemies of her supporters with an apparent impunity that was at once vicious and pathetic. Now she has gone and we no longer have Douthwaite to mediate or twist our experience of the work we can perhaps begin a more serious appraisal. But in front of her best work the artist seems still palpably present because she is the real subject of everything she made, in pain, anger or ecstasy.

This exhibition coincides with the publication of a new monograph by Guy Peploe, published by Sansom & Co. The exhibition will include works from the artist’s studio going back to the late fifties and will cover all periods and themes of this most enigmatic and powerful of artists. The book and exhibition will be significant milestones in the reappraisal of the artist who has recently been included in the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art’s exhibition, Modern Scottish Women: Painters and Sculptors 1885-1965.

Guy Peploe will give a public lecture on the artist at the Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, Royal Scottish Academy, on June 6th at 12.45. Please contact the RSA for more information. The Scottish Gallery will be holding a book signing on the 4th June, 11am-1pm. Please contact the gallery to pre order your copy of the book.


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