Victoria CroweOBE, DHC, FRSE, MA(RCA), RSA, RSW Born: 1945
Victoria Crowe studied at Kingston School of Art from 1961-65 and at the Royal College of Art, London, from 1965-68. At her postgraduate show, she was invited by Sir Robin Philipson to teach at Edinburgh College of Art. For thirty years she worked as a part-time lecturer in the School of Drawing and Painting while developing her own artistic practice. She lives and works in West Linton, Edinburgh, and Venice. Her first one-person exhibition, after leaving the Royal College of Art, was in London and she has subsequently gone on to have over fifty solo shows.
Victoria Crowe’s first solo exhibition at The Scottish Gallery was in 1970. Her next major exhibition of paintings at The Scottish Gallery will be held during the Edinburgh Festival in August 2018 and will coincide with The Scottish National Portrait Gallery which is holding a retrospective of Victoria Crowe’s portraits.
Victoria Crowe is a member of the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) and the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours (RSW). She has exhibited nationally and internationally and undertaken many important portrait commissions, including RD Laing, Peter Higgs and Jocelyn Bell Burnell. She has received many bursaries and research awards and her work is held in numerous public and private collections worldwide.
In 2000, her exhibition A Shepherd’s Life, consisting of work selected from the 1970s and 80s, was one of the National Galleries of Scotland’s Millennium exhibitions. It received great critical acclaim. The exhibition toured Scotland and was re-gathered in 2009 for a three-month exhibition at the Fleming Collection, London.
Victoria was awarded an OBE for Services to Art in 2004 and from 2004-2007, she was appointed Senior Visiting Scholar at St. Catherine’s College, Cambridge. The resulting work, Plant Memory, was exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy in 2007 and subsequently toured Scotland. In 2009 she received an Honorary Degree from The University of Aberdeen and in 2010 was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
In 2013, Dovecot Studios wove a large-scale tapestry of Victoria’s painting Large Tree Group. This collaborative tapestry was acquired for the National Museums of Scotland and became part of an international touring exhibition.
In 2015, Victoria was an invited artist at Dumfries House and in 2016 a group of work by the artist was acquired by the National Galleries of Scotland.
Victoria was commissioned by the Worshipful Company of Leathersellers’ in 2014, to design a forty-metre tapestry for their new hall in the city of London, which took over three years to weave and was installed in January 2017. Victoria Crowe has also worked with Shubert’s Winterreise, a Parallel Journey in collaboration with opera singer Matthew Rose and pianist Gary Matthewman, performed at The Wigmore Hall in London and the Benjamin Britten studio in Snape, in which a video of Victoria’s work provided a visual dimension to the song cycle.
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Twilight, Deeper Shade2015oil on museum boardH:68.5cm W:99cm£15,000
Ghost2008mixed mediaH:31cm W:22cm£2250
Shifting Evening Light2015oil and mixed media on paperH:25.5cm W:48cmSold
Midnight Hypnoticc.1996oil on boardH:59cm W:49.5cm£6,500
Tourists and a Very Wet Day2010mixed media and intaglioH:19cm W:24cmSold
Watching the Light, Short Day, February2015mixed media on pumice primed paperH:49.5cm W:22.5cm£2,750
First Drawing, Dumfries House2015acrylic and ink on handmade paperH:31.5cm W:43cm£3,250
Two Wellingtonias, Moonlight Behind2015acrylic and inkH:16.5cm W:11.5cm£2,500
Winter Caveat2010-2011oil on linenH:127cm W:127cm£25,000
Numinous Tree2010Oil on panelH:71cm W:76cm£14,000
Night Lagoon IIIoil on linenH:12.5cm W:12.5cm£2,150
Night Lagoon IIoil on linenH:12.5cm W:12.5cm£2,150
Night Lagoon Ioil on linenH:12.5cm W:12.5cm£2,150
Changing Landscapes (Triptych)1983-84oil on canvasH:122 eachcm W:66.5 cm£35,000
Truth Comes Full Circleoil on linenH:76cm W:101.5cm£13,500
Sentinel Guardian IOil on linenH:112cm W:56cm£25,000
Night IllusionOil on boardH:61cm W:51cm£11,000
Clearing with Scots PineOil on BoardH:58.5cm W:51cm£11,000
Inflorescence2007bound artist's book, edition 2 of 10H:22cm W:15cm£3000
Studio Interior with MaskOil on linenH:71cm W:76cm£10,000
Painted Room with a View1993mixed mediaH:24cm W:42cm£3250Prov: Private collection
The Moving Fingermixed media & intaglio - unframedH:18.5cm W:25cm£1350
Advent Assemby1991Mixed media on paperH:80cm W:99cm£9,500
St Catherine in a Box - Cini Foundationmixed media with intaglioH:18.5cm W:25cm£1350