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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.
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April 1997

by

Barbara Balmer

April1997
April 1997 by Barbara Balmer
Acrylic on board
1997
115 x 124.5 cm

Reg. Number: P851

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Born in England, Barbara Balmer has spent most of her life in Scotland and now lives in Lincolnshire. When living in Edinburgh she became friends with Anne Redpath, both artists were inspired by their domestic environments. Balmer painted almost every day of her working life, winning many awards and exhibiting widely in public collections throughout the country.

April 1997 features a country chair and white lace curtain, an open window letting in the sunshine and a tree in full bloom, inviting you to step in and celebrate spring. Balmer places focus on a vase on the window sill and on the arrangement of large white rose buds about to burst open. She has captured the softness and subtle variations of colour in the petals which seem to glow in the sun light. From there, the eye is guided towards a tiny figure in the tree, a blackbird. We can imagine it calling, cajole, seducing.

Throughout the painting Balmer has used a variety of techniques with great effect to convey closeness and distance, from the smooth brushwork in the foreground to the stippling of the blossom on the tree in the distance. The colours are muted, with large areas of grey which contrast with blocks of sunshine and emphasise the delicacy of the flowers, vase and lace curtain. The painting of this idyllic domestic scene gives it a feeling of serenity and a sense of otherworldliness.
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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

Helpful Links

Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland


Total Pageviews

495


Supported by Edinburgh Art Fair