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Camille Souter, b.1929


Souter was awarded an Italian Government Scholarship in 1958 and painted Chioggia that year. Already her work is characterized by a strong sense of individuality. Not liking the texture of canvas, she worked in a variety of media on paper laid on board. This work shows a transition that perhaps gestures towards certain innovations of Fontana in his Gessi or chalk works where he sought to develop new forms in art appropriate to the contemporary age.

MediumOil and aluminium on paper laid on board
Dimensions40 x 60 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Heritage Gift by the Bank of Ireland from the Bank of Ireland collection, 2008
Item NumberIMMA.2619
Image Caption
Camille Souter, Chioggia, 1958, Oil and aluminium on paper laid on board, 40 x 60 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Heritage Gift by the Bank of Ireland from the Bank of Ireland collection, 2008

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About the Artist

Camille Souter b.1929

Camille Souter was raised in Ireland and originally trained as a nurse at Guy’s Hospital London, before taking up painting in the mid 1950s. Though her usually small scale paintings appear abstract they are firmly based within reality and the everyday. Souter has exhibited extensively since the 1960s. Major retrospectives of her work were held at The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, in 1980 and at the Ulster Museum, Belfast, in 2000. In 2000 Souter received the IMMA Glen Dimplex award for contribution to visual arts in Ireland. She is an honorary member of the RHA and was elected Saoi of Aosdána in 2009.
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