Our Charity

Art in Healthcare is the leading arts provider for health organisations in Scotland. We lend high quality, original artwork to hospitals and other healthcare settings and provide fun-filled art workshops and talks for patients, care home residents and sheltered housing communities.
Find out more about our work at Art in Healthcare.
Donate with JustGiving

Artworks in Collection


2505



Total Pageviews

640

Orange and Lemon Playing Games II

by

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham

OrangeandLemonPlayingGamesII
Orange and Lemon Playing Games II by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham
Screenprint
1999
47 x 52 cm

Reg. Number: L348

Print Label Print Label

Visit Artist's Website

Often when examining abstract artwork, one is forced to use the title of the piece to provide context. Here, the title is a puzzle in itself - do the names 'Orange' and 'Lemon' refer to the oval shapes, or to the distinct yellow-on-orange background? Or does the title refer to both? As is typical of abstract artwork, the viewers must decide on an interpretation for themselves. The image features a warm, yet muted colour scheme, with pale shades that emphasise the use of black in the foreground. The image is a typical example of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham's print work. It utilises simple shapes and paint-like quality to present an abstract, stripped down version where objective meaning is removed and subjective meaning is the only way to interpret the remaining elements.

Born in St Andrews in 1912, Barns-Graham trained at the Edinburgh College of Art from 1932-37. She was awarded a Postgraduate travelling scholarship in 1938 and in 1942 became a member of the St Ives Society of Artists; a group which included artists such as the painter Ben Nicholson and the sculptor Barbara Hepworth. Barns-Graham worked variously in London, St Ives, St Andrews as well as internationally throughout the course of her career and also spent a year teaching at the Leeds College of Art. She was awarded a D. Litt from the University of St Andrews in 1992, the same year as a touring retrospective exhibition took place, just one of her innumerable solo shows. Her work demonstrates a distinctive feel for composition, using radiant colour and pleasing simple forms to create an aesthetic harmonious effect.

Wilhelmina made the transition from painting to printmaking when she was in her eighties. At first she was sceptical of the medium but became inspired by the amount of work she could now accomplish and began creating more work than her printmaker could keep up with.
"At my age, there's no time to be lost. I say to myself, 'Do it now, say it now, don't be afraid'. I've got today, but who knows about tomorrow? I'm not ready for death yet, there's still so much I want to do. Life is so exciting; nature is so exciting. Trying to catch one simple statement about it. That's what I'm aiming for, Ill keep on trying".

Despite being born into a wealthy Scottish family, no one could accuse Wilhelmina Barns-Graham of not working hard to get the recognition as an artist that she felt she deserved. Her journey was not an easy one, filled with deterrents, sickness, and many hardships along the way but nothing would stop Wilhelmina in her passion for creating. Her parents were so against her dreams of enrolling in art school that they forced her into the Edinburgh College of Domestic Science where she slipped away from classes to read art books. Six months later, she was enrolled in the Edinburgh College of Art to begin her life as an artist.

After graduating, Wilhelmina moved to Cornwall and became part of the St Ives artist community, developing her sense of abstraction based on the Cornish landscape. For the rest of her life, Wilhelmina would divide her time between her studios in Cornwall and St Andrews, working hard to gain recognition as a female artist in what she saw as a world dominated by male artists. She saw her artwork in much the same way - "I want my work to be a simple statement. A world in itself - of small area against large masses".
By the end of her life, Wilhelmina had achieved what few other artists had - honorary doctorates by esteemed universities; a trust to preserve her legacy; and perhaps most important to her, recognition for her contributions to twentieth century art.

The Barns-Graham Charitable Trust was established by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham in 1987 and came into effect following her death in January 2004. It was created to secure her life's work and archive for future generations.
View More


upBack to top

Since 1991 our charity has been assembling one of the largest and most prestigious Collections of original Scottish art in the country. These artworks are uniquely available for display in hospitals and other healthcare settings.


Art in Healthcare is truly committed to the important role that art plays in the healing environment but we need your help to properly maintain and build this unique Collection for the enjoyment and benefit of the hundreds of thousands of staff, patients and visitors who view it each year.


With your help we're able to:


Keep our Collection on display in hospitals and care homes
Support young artists at their degree shows
Buy artwork from professional artists
Provide fun-filled art workshops for patients and care home residents
Develop our training programmes for volunteers


Adopt an artwork from our Collection for just £3 a month and you'll receive:


Your name (or a loved one's) written next to your chosen artwork online
A certificate of adoption with a picture of the artwork
Invites to Art in Healthcare's special events
First to view our latest Prestigious Print
Our colourful e-newsletter


"My patients really enjoy looking at our collection. Sometimes they even do an 'art tour' around the premises." ~ Barron Dental Practice


You can adopt an artwork in the gallery, if it hasn't already been adopted, by clicking the 'Adopt Me' button below the picture of the artwork.


Our Charity

Art in Healthcare is the leading arts provider for health organisations in Scotland. We lend high quality, original artwork to hospitals and other healthcare settings and provide fun-filled art workshops and talks for patients, care home residents and sheltered housing communities.
Find out more about our work at Art in Healthcare.
Adopt an artwork
Donate with JustGiving

Total Pageviews

640


Supported by Edinburgh Art Fair