Originally published on Art UK

For some very peculiar reason, the Scottish artist Dame Elizabeth Violet Blackadder (b.1931) is not a household name, although she is widely respected and appreciated for her lyrical watercolours, prints and oil paintings. She was remarkably the first woman to be made a member of both the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Academy.

Her delicate and exquisite flower paintings came to prominence in the 1960s, though fewer people realise how truly versatile her practice is. Now in her eighties, Blackadder arguably deserves the same acclaim as any other great British modernist painter. To celebrate her life and work, here is a selection of some of her finest creations on Art UK.

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