From 1955-56 Souter stayed for some months in Italy, near Trieste and Milan. Living on very little, she used frugal yet innovative materials and techniques, painting with aluminium bicycle paint on newspaper and kraft paper. In this work and its accompanying Untitled work also currrently on show, the white paint is applied with directness and vigour in the manner of Jackson Pollack’s Action painting. Souter did not use an easel but placed her work on a table top and moved freely around it, pouring, dripping and spattering paint or brushing it on in loose strokes.
|Medium||Oil on newspaper with Italian text|
|Dimensions||Framed: 76.1 x 58.9 x 1.8 cm 55.7 x 40.5 cm|
|Credit Line||IMMA Collection: Gordon Lambert Trust, 1992|
|Item Number||IMMA.387 GL|
|Copyright||For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].|
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 were firmly based within reality and the everyday. Souter 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 was an honorary member of the RHA and elected Saoi of Aosdána in 2009.View Artist
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