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Camille Souter, b.1929

Over the Bog1962

Souter’s vistas are not the receding, pastoral kind, but rather show small holdings and side cuttings, the left-over strips of land where detritus haphazardly gathers and nature curls its way around it. Here Souter used aluminium paint to depict the metallic light of the moment. In his The Irish Imagination Brian O’Doherty included Souter as part of a ‘particular strain of Irish artists working in an atmospheric mode …characterized by an uneasy and restless fix on the unimportant’.

MediumOil and aluminium on paper laid on board
Dimensions64 x 98 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Heritage Gift by the Bank of Ireland from the Bank of Ireland collection, 2008
Item NumberIMMA.2620
Image Caption
Camille Souter, Over the Bog, 1962, Oil and aluminium on paper laid on board, 64 x 98 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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