Crowe’s beguiling work has earnt her widespread critical acclaim. The artist is now recognised as one of Scotland’s most significant contemporary painters with an impressively multifaceted career spanning some fifty years. Today, she divides her time between her studios in Scotland and Venice, undertaking new projects and continuing to work with assiduity and inexhaustible vigour.
This exhibition will focus on a series of new paintings completed in Venice, Edinburgh and the small Scottish town of West Linton, situated just south of the capital. In addition, there will be a number of works on paper, which relate to two major projects that have occupied the artist's attention since early in 2014. These include the preparatory drawings for Crowe’s winning design proposal to decorate the new hall of the Worshipful Company of Leathersellers' in the City of London. Furthermore, there will be preparatory sketches from her work for a collaborative project, entitled ‘A Parallel Journey’, in which the artist was invited to create an animated panorama that was projected behind a performance of Schubert's lieder ‘Winterreise’, staged at Snape Maltings in Aldeburgh and the Wigmore Hall in London.
Crowe’s latest paintings draw upon a rich iconography amassed over time spent in the two disparate settings of Scotland and Venice. Immersed in her work all the while alternating between the two places, Crowe continues to surprise us with her lyrical imagery and novel compotitions.
This new series of work retains the familiar markers of her hypnagogic style: the characteristically ethereal quality of her the landscapes; scenery overlaid with intricate organic forms and all executed in her characteristically rich and smouldering palette.