GERALDINE GIRVAN (Born 1947)

Geraldine Girvan has been exhibiting at the Chris Beetles Gallery for over twenty years and, in that time, she has consistently proven that the strong tradition of Scottish colourists is still very much alive. read more...

Geraldine Girvan has been exhibiting at the Chris Beetles Gallery for over twenty years and, in that time, she has consistently proven that the strong tradition of Scottish colourists is still very much alive.

Born in Derby in 1947, Geraldine studied at Edinburgh University and trained at Edinburgh College of Art. She was influenced by both the college’s Principal, Sir William Gillies, and her tutors, Elizabeth Blackadder and Alex Campbell, who contributed to providing a decisive inspiration in the direction of her career. Of Campbell she has written that he:

Opened my eyes to the qualities of touch and paint handling and [that his] own work was often idiosyncratic in composition and painted with great subtlety.

Like many Scottish painters before her, Girvan has drawn energy from the vital tradition of the French colourists, notably Bonnard and Matisse. The resulting work, in oil and watercolour, tends to present a domestic paradise, by blurring the distinction between interior and exterior, and also between objects and surfaces. Floral prints suggest a landscape beyond; tangled borders mimic wallpaper. Mirrors ensure light and space, while seeming to propagate fruit and flowers; screens and blinds create tantalizing views, and her reclining cats accentuate this atmosphere of languorous comfort.

In addition to regular – biennial – shows at Chris Beetles Gallery, she has exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy, the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour and the Royal Watercolour Society.

BotanicalStill Life & InteriorsCatsContemporary - Paintings & Drawings
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ARCHY (BACK VIEW, TURNING) by GERALDINE GIRVAN

ARCHY (BACK VIEW, TURNING)

THE YELLOW TABLE by GERALDINE GIRVAN

THE YELLOW TABLE

FOUR CATS by GERALDINE GIRVAN

FOUR CATS

IN THE BUSHES by GERALDINE GIRVAN

IN THE BUSHES

GARDEN CAT II by GERALDINE GIRVAN

GARDEN CAT II

CAT STUDY V, A G WILSON by GERALDINE GIRVAN

CAT STUDY V, A G WILSON

SMOKY II by GERALDINE GIRVAN

SMOKY II

PALE TABBY (LOLA) by GERALDINE GIRVAN

PALE TABBY (LOLA)

TORTOISESHELL CAT (BACK VIEW) by GERALDINE GIRVAN

TORTOISESHELL CAT (BACK VIEW)

LARGE TABBY by GERALDINE GIRVAN

LARGE TABBY

TABBY 2 by GERALDINE GIRVAN

TABBY 2

SKETCH BOOK CATS   SMOKY ASLEEP by GERALDINE GIRVAN

SKETCH BOOK CATS SMOKY ASLEEP

SKETCHBOOK CATS - DAISY ON A CUSHION by GERALDINE GIRVAN

SKETCHBOOK CATS - DAISY ON A CUSHION

FREDDY II by GERALDINE GIRVAN

FREDDY II

ECK IN A BOX by GERALDINE GIRVAN

ECK IN A BOX

ECK by GERALDINE GIRVAN

ECK

DAISY ASLEEP by GERALDINE GIRVAN

DAISY ASLEEP

DAISY III by GERALDINE GIRVAN

DAISY III

FLOWERS AND PRINTS by GERALDINE GIRVAN

FLOWERS AND PRINTS

WINTER SKIMMIA by GERALDINE GIRVAN

WINTER SKIMMIA

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