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Camille Souter, b.1929

Off to the West1964

Souter’s lack of the strictures of a formal training served her well as she experimented and developed her own methods. In Off to the West we note the distinctive use of techniques of frottage, folding the paper when the paint is beginning to congeal as it dries and pressing the image so
that its form is mirrored on the opposite side. Another method was to place a sheet of paper or some other material into the wet paint and when it was almost dry, pull it away and reveal another layer.

MediumOil on paper
Dimensions57 x 80 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Heritage Gift by the Bank of Ireland from the Bank of Ireland collection, 2008
Item NumberIMMA.2621
Image Caption
Camille Souter, Off to the West, 1964, Oil on paper, 57 x 80 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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