Ithell Colquhoun 9 October — 11 April was a British painter, occultist , poet and author. Stylistically her artwork was affiliated with surrealism. In the late s, Colquhoun was part of the British Surrealist Group before being expelled because she refused to renounce her association with occult groups. She spent the latter part of her life in Cornwall, where she died in While at the Slade, she joined G.

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To bring her surrealist works to life, British artist Ithell Colquhoun employed techniques ranging from fumage to decalcomania , entopic graphomania and parsemage. The first uses smoke from a lighted candle to create impressions on paint, while the last finds charcoal or chalk dust scattered across a watery surface and skimmed off with a stiff piece of paper. As the cultural institution announced this week, the U.

She returned to England as a child and studied at the Slade School of Art, producing figurative paintings inspired by classical mythology and the Bible. Colquhoun soon became a prolific author, publishing articles, poems, travelogues and novels. She continued to paint in the surrealist style of automatism and further pursued her passion for the occult, eventually becoming a priestess of Isis, a master mason and a deaconess of the ancient Celtic Church.

Researchers will be free to consult selected items from the archive beginning later this year. Despite the breadth and depth of her body of work, Colquhoun remains little-known today. Continue or Give a Gift. Privacy Terms of Use Sign up. SmartNews History. History Archaeology. World History. Featured: Defying the Nazis. Science Age of Humans. Future of Space Exploration. Human Behavior. Our Planet. Earth Optimism Summit. Featured: The Evolving Story of the Utahraptor.

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Tate acquires vast archive of British surrealist Ithell Colquhoun

Ithell Colquhoun was an artist, poet and novelist. In addition, she was a practicing magician. She regarded all these activities as intimately related to each other, presenting different aspects of her quest to understand nature. For much of her adult life she lived and worked in Cornwall, drawn by a sense of connectedness with the landscape and with the local myths and traditions. Colquhoun was born in India of British parents, but returned to England as a child.

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Tate Acquires Archive of Works by Little-Known Surrealist Ithell Colquhoun

Distributed for Strange Attractor Press. The first in-depth biographical study of the British surrealist and occultist Ithell Colquhoun,. This book offers the first in-depth biographical study of the British surrealist and occultist Ithell Colquhoun, situating her art within the magical contexts that shaped her imaginative life and work. After decades of neglect, Colquhoun's unique vision and hermetic life have become an object of great renewed interest, both for artists and for historians of magic. Although her paintings are represented in such major collections as Tate Britain and the National Portrait Gallery, Colquhoun's rejection of both avant-garde and occult orthodoxies resulted in a life of relative obscurity. Her visual and written works have only recently received adequate recognition as a precursor to contemporary experiments in magical autobiography and esoteric feminism. After rejecting the hectic social expectations and magical orthodoxies of London's art and occult scenes, Colquhoun pursued a life of dedicated spiritual and artistic enquiry embodied in her retreat to Cornwall.

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