Wilhelmina Barns-Graham CBE (1907-2004)
Wilhelmina Barns-Graham was one of the most influential modern British abstract artists.
She graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 1937 and moved to St Ives in 1940 which was a turning point in her career. Her contemporaries were the likes of Barbara Hepworth, Bernard Leach and Ben Nicholson.
She joined the Newlyn and St Ives Society of Artists and helped to found the breakaway group the Penwith Society of Artists. She divided her time in later years between her native St Andrews in Scotland and St Ives, and continued to work until her very last days with the drive and passion that she was renowned for.