Elspeth Harrigan

1938 - 1999


Harrigan graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1960. She was a member of Glasgow Society of Woman Artists (GSWA) from 1992 until her untimely death, and she exhibited with the Society annually. Harrigan served as an Artist Member of the GSWA Council from 1993 to 1996. Her awards include Scottish Lady Artist Royal Horticultural Society - Sliver Medal in 1985 and in 1988. Her paintings illustrated James Holms Dickson, Wild Plants of Glasgow, published in 1991 by Aberdeen University Press. She was represented by Flying Colours Gallery in Edinburgh (later based in London) and her work is in public and private collections, including the Glasgow City Collection. She worked mainly in watercolour, focussing on plants, and studying them very closely for their shapes, patterns and colour. Her work is crisp, fresh and very detailed, and her colours are vibrant and brave. This particular study has almost hyper-realistic qualities, and makes us consider sprout plant, a common  vegetable, as independent beings, radiating energy, and emanating life of its own.

Sprout Plant | watercolour 68 x 40cm | signed in pencil lower right