This print by Blackadder show a range of different flower types scattered about the frame. The Latin flower names and the sketchy quality make the art work feel like the page of a botany book. The flowers are capturing in great detail, especially the large flower in the centre. Yet the style is very relaxed and simple, inspired by the Japanese tradition. Out of the many different parts of flower in the print, it seems like Blackadder has found her favourite part through a self-drawn frame.
Elizabeth Blackadder was born in Falkirk in 1931. She is today one of Britain's most renowned artists and was the first woman to be elected as a member of the Royal Scottish Academy as well as the Royal Academy. She paints in oil and watercolours and has worked with printmakers on a variety of printing techniques. Her sensitivity to her surroundings has inspired many still lives, as well as many portraits of her cats, where she captures the paraphernalia around her studio and her domestic interior in compositions tending towards the abstract. The objects featured in her paintings are often those she collected during her many travels in Europe and in the East. The space between objects and their resonance with each other hold a great fascination for her.
Philip Long Elizabeth Blackadder, National Galleries of Scotland, 2011.