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Camille Souter, b.1929

Make Believe all This Winter1964

Make Believe all this Winter reflects Souter’s fascination with the circus and clowns. ‘There is a certain poignancy to clowning’, she has observed, and the mood is simultaneously humorous and sad. Her composition has just the right measure of flatness, both in colour and texture. During this period her palette was muted with a preponderance of shades of yellow, white and cream and green.

MediumOil on board
Dimensions34 x 38 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Heritage Gift by the Bank of Ireland from the Bank of Ireland collection, 2008
Item NumberIMMA.2622
Image Caption
Camille Souter, Make Believe all This Winter, 1964, Oil on board, 34 x 38 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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