Acclaimed artist's work on display at Sam Scorer Gallery in Lincoln
Gathered from private collections, works including landscapes, still life and figure drawings will be on show at the Gill Nadin (1928-1996) A Retrospective Exhibition.
The show, at the Sam Scorer Gallery in Lincoln, will provide visitors an opportunity to view the artists' work in a variety of media, spanning the many periods and themes of her painting career.
The range of subjects combined with Gill's originality and intellectuality, established her as one of the most influential artists working in Lincolnshire at the end of the 20th Century.
Born in 1928 in Quetta, India (now Pakistan), Gill spent her schooldays in England from 1937, and holidays were divided between her grandparents; the Nadins in Staffordshire and the Yates in Louth, Lincolnshire. At the outbreak of war, age 11, she returned to India but her talent for drawing was already being noticed.
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In 1945, when Gill's parents settled in Wiltshire, she studied at Bath School of Art and made her return to Lincolnshire in 1963. The first solo exhibition of Gill's work was held in Caistor in 1968, which was followed by many others – at Lincoln's Usher Gallery, Scunthorpe Museum, and many private galleries all over the country. A few of her paintings also featured in exhibitions at the Royal Academy and Royal Institute of Watercolour Painters. She undertook commissions, portraits and mural schemes, notably three large landscapes for Lincoln County Hospital.
Throughout her career, Gill was also an active and influential art teacher, and The Lincoln College of Art and Design has dedicated their life drawing studio to her memory.
Colin Measures, past head of Lincoln College of Art, wrote in the Lincolnshire Echo shortly after she died: "Her range of subjects combined with lively originality and intellectual depth has established her reputation as an important painter which will live on far into the future."
The Lincolnshire Artists' Society also awards the Gill Nadin Prize annually for the most outstanding drawing in any medium.
In his book Lincolnshire Artists – 100 Years, the Art Historian Edward Mayor described Gill, an artist member and three times chairman of the Lincolnshire Artists' Society, as someone: "Who has since become a legend of the society.
"Never tight or formulaic, her work radiates spontaneity."
This exhibition provides an opportunity to share some of her best-loved work from the varied periods throughout her career.
Gill Nadin (1928-1996) A Retrospective at Sam Scorer Gallery, 5 Drury Lane, Lincoln on March 5-17, daily 10am-5pm.