Halliday, Irene May: House Plants
A highly original composition from this underappreciated artist, displaying a lovely use of pattern, light and colour, gouache on paper, framed and glazed.
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Artist: Irene May Halliday, (born 1931), signed
Title and date: House Plants, 1970s
Size: 53 x 73 cms.
A significantly underappreciated artist, Irene Halliday was born in Kingsmuir, Scotland and attended Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee between 1948 and 1953, studying under Alberto Morrocco. From 1956-1979 she worked at Didsury College of Education becoming Head of Art and Design. She spent an academic year as a visiting professor at State University College, Buffalo, New York State from 1972 to 1973. She left full-time teaching at Manchester Polytechnic in 1979 but continued to teach summer schools in Alston, Hull, Lancashire and Harrogate.
Irene Halliday was elected to the Royal Society of Watercolourists in 1955, she has exhibited at the RA, the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts and elsewhere in England, Scotland and the United States, and her work is held in several galleries. She never moved far from Scottish painting and in 2002 returned to live in Arbroath inspired by the sea coast and land around her home.