Dame Elizabeth Blackadder is one of Britain’s most popular contemporary artists, having achieved public and critical acclaim for her watercolours. In recent years she has extended her portfolio and has made an exceptional contribution to the Graphic Arts. She has made several visits to Dublin where she participated in the Visiting Artists Scheme at Graphic Studio Workshop. Of Scottish birth she was educated at Edinburgh University and Edinburgh College of Art, Blackadder’s paintings have been exhibited across Europe the USA, Japan Australia, Canada, and Russia.
Her first solo exhibition was held in 1959 at 57 Gallery, Edinburgh. Since then, solo exhibitions of her work have been held almost every year to date, both nationally and internationally. She has also participated extensively in group exhibitions around the world. Blackadder was elected Member of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1972, a Royal Academician in 1976 and a Member of The Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts in 1983. She is an Honorary Member of the Royal West of England Academy, the Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. She has also received Honorary Doctorates from four Scottish universities.
In 2001 she was appointed Her Majesty’s Painter and Limner in Scotland.
Blackadder lives and works in Edinburgh.
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
» 2008 Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
» 2006 Browse & Darby, London
» 2004 Browse & Darby, London
» 2002 Kelvin Grove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow
» 2000 Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh
» 1999 Graphic Work, Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin – Touring Show
» 1961-1998 Scottish Gallery, Aitken Dott, Edinburgh
» 1965-1998 Mercury Gallery, London
» 1989 Welsh Arts Council Retrospective – Touring Showv » 1987 Salisbury Festival
» 1983-1986 Lillian Heidenburg Gallery, New York