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Camille Souter, b.1929

Shannon Series Painting1980

In 1979 Souter visited Shannon Airport, where she took flying lessons and created a series of works inspired by the airport and airplanes. The paintings explore aerial divisions of the landscape viewed through the drama of local weather conditions, the grid of the airport’s perimeters and runways and the curved aluminium forms of the jets. Her observations of the effects of technology on nature continued in later work arising from her travels to Kuwait in 1999 to view the desert and oil fields after the Gulf War.

MediumOil on paper
Dimensions44 x 74 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2007
Item NumberIMMA.2108
Image Caption
Camille Souter, Shannon Series Painting, 1980, Oil on paper, 44 x 74 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2007

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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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