Patricia Cain: Seeing beyond the immediate

Patricia Cain Complex Drawing 2017

Patricia Cain, Complex Drawing, 2017

WBG prints and sketchbooks in Patricia Cain exhibition

Seeing beyond the immediate: Exploring the Scottish artist’s movement between Representation and Abstraction


“Artist Patricia Cain curates both her own work and that of Scottish abstract artist Wilhelmina Barns-Graham to create an installation that encourages visitors to engage with the creative process of artists who make both representational and abstract artworks. Originated during a 3 month residency at Barns-Graham’s house ‘Balmungo’, Seeing beyond the immediate goes behind the aesthetic of artworks to focus on the artist’s process and decision-making and considers how this might be linked to the development of the artist herself. The exhibition’s narrative reveals how Cain makes her work in relation to what she observes of the world and the work of others, and its’ interactive content allows visitors to experience this for themselves.”


Cain selected twelve prints by WBG to examine the processes in WBG’s work, as well as a collection of sketchbooks that illustrate other aspects of Willie’s working processes. The exhibition is now open at the Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries where it runs until 8 July. Thereafter the exhibition travels to The Scott Gallery, Hawick (12 August to 7 October 2017) and Lillie Art Gallery, Milgavie, Glasgow (6 July to 10 August 2018).


A highly informative interview with Patricia Cain that discusses the theme of the exhibition and outlines her career as an artist has just been published by Scottish Art Scene (Volume 94), and can be read here.


Further information on the Gracefield Arts Centre here.