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.

Woods & ForestsStill LifeFlowersTrees & Shrubs
Fruit & VegetablesDecorative & DesignInteriorsFood & Drink
CatsFishContemporary - Paintings & DrawingsFigures
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PROSSER'S CAKE by GERALDINE GIRVAN

PROSSER'S CAKE

SHADY BANK by GERALDINE GIRVAN

SHADY BANK

GARDEN POND by GERALDINE GIRVAN

GARDEN POND

TORTOISE SHELL CAT AND POPPIES by GERALDINE GIRVAN

TORTOISE SHELL CAT AND POPPIES

IN THE BUSHES by GERALDINE GIRVAN

IN THE BUSHES

FLOWERS AND PRINTS by GERALDINE GIRVAN

FLOWERS AND PRINTS

MAGIC GARDEN by GERALDINE GIRVAN

MAGIC GARDEN

JULY GARDEN by GERALDINE GIRVAN

JULY GARDEN

ECCLESALL WOODLAND by GERALDINE GIRVAN

ECCLESALL WOODLAND

BLUE TABLE AND POPPIES by GERALDINE GIRVAN

BLUE TABLE AND POPPIES

POM-POM CHRYSANTHEMUMS by GERALDINE GIRVAN

POM-POM CHRYSANTHEMUMS

PURPLE PANSIES by GERALDINE GIRVAN

PURPLE PANSIES

BRIGHT PANSIES, EVENING by GERALDINE GIRVAN

BRIGHT PANSIES, EVENING

MANGOES & APRICOTS by GERALDINE GIRVAN

MANGOES & APRICOTS

FLORENTIN by GERALDINE GIRVAN

FLORENTIN

STAR OF THE EAST & OXFORD QUINCE by GERALDINE GIRVAN

STAR OF THE EAST & OXFORD QUINCE

GARDEN, LATE SUMMER by GERALDINE GIRVAN

GARDEN, LATE SUMMER

PATTY'S PLUM & MRS PERRY by GERALDINE GIRVAN

PATTY'S PLUM & MRS PERRY

VERVE by GERALDINE GIRVAN

VERVE

YELLOW PEARS & PLUMS by GERALDINE GIRVAN

YELLOW PEARS & PLUMS

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