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Dame Elizabeth Blackadder (1931-2021) was one of the most celebrated and respected artists of her generation and was the first woman to be elected to both the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Academy.
She was appointed an OBE in 1982, promoted to DBE in 2003.
In 2001 she was appointed Her Majesty’s Painter and Limner in Scotland – the first woman to be appointed in the 300 year history of the office.
She has been awarded honorary doctorates by four universities.
In 1956 Blackadder married the painter, John Houston and started producing the still life studies with which her name is most readily associated.
Her first solo exhibition was held in 1959 at the 57 Gallery in Edinburgh. Since then, national and international solo exhibitions of her work have been held almost every year.
She has also participated extensively in group exhibitions in Britain, Canada, Germany, USA, Japan, Brazil, Australia and Russia. This year’s major summer exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery will be devoted to the art of Dame Elizabeth Blackadder, organised in honour of the artist’s 80th birthday (2nd July – 2nd January 2012).
In 2011/12 a major exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery was devoted to the work of Dame Elizabeth Blackadder in honour of the artist’s 80th birthday.