This is a fascinating exhibition of many diverse artworks of Isobel Lornie who was the aunty of the current proprietor of the gallery (David Lornie). She lived from 1919 to 1993 and studied at Edinburgh College of Art before going into teaching despite prolonged ill health.
There are examples of her journey through the various media: life drawings, still life watercolours, embroidery, architectural drawing, wallpaper design, printing and a lot of very accomplished calligraphy. Even her ‘Scheme of Work’ detailing the lessons for her pupils on how to draw a castle is a beautifully illuminated artwork itself.
It’s a glimpse of the world of the 20th century artist before computers with the emphasis on drawing and neat hand-writing with proper ink pens (there’s a few on display).
7 June – 14 July (extended) 2011 at Liverpool Academyof Arts, Seel St. ‘Reflections of Isobel K Lornie (12/06/19 – 17/02/93)’
Venue: The Liverpool Academy of Arts
32 Seel Street
Liverpool L1 4BE
Phone: 0151 709 0735
Open between 12 and 4 pm Tuesday to Saturday.
Photos of the exhibition by Minako Jackson