Victoria Crowe


Victoria Crowe is one of the most dynamic artists working in Scotland today. She was born in Surrey in 1945 and trained first at Kingston School of Art, and subsequently the Royal College Art, London. In 1968, upon graduating from the Royal College Art, she was invited to join the Edinburgh College of Art where she taught until 1998. Working across many mediums, including oil, watercolour, gouache and etching, she creates works of striking visual symbolism, with a range of subject matter that often defies categorisation.

Selected Solo Exhibitions
1969, 1971 Waterhouse Gallery, London
1970, ’73, ’77,’82, ’95, ’98, ’00, ’04, ’06, ’08, ’10,’14, ‘16 The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
1975 Lantern Gallery, Manchester.
Loomshop Gallery, Lower Largo.
1983, ’85, ’89, ’91, ’94, ’99, ’01, ’02,’03, ’04, ’05, ‘07 Thackeray Gallery, London
1986 Mercury Gallery, Edinburgh.
1988 Abbot Hall, Kendal.
From Carlops to Corinth, The Fine Art Society, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
1993 The Bruton Gallery, Bath.
Ancrum Gallery, Borders Festival.
1997 Corrymella Scott Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, (catalogue with intro. by Mary Sara).
1998 Accomplished Journeys, Bruton Gallery, Leeds, (catalogue with intro. by Derek Hyatt).
2000 Cambridge Contemporary Art. ‘A Shepherd‘s Life, Paintings of Jenny Armstrong by  Victoria Crowe’, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, Exhibition curated by the SNPG, with accompanying book, “A Shepherd’s Life, Paintings of Jenny Armstrong” by Victoria Crowe, Julie Lawson and Mary Taubman, National Galleries of Scotland.
2001-2 A Shepherd‘s Life, Touring, Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate; Duff House,    Aberdeenshire; Inverness Museum and Art Gallery; Highland Folk Museum; Swanston Gallery, Thurso; St Fergus Gallery, Wick; Hatton Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne University.
2002, 2007 Bohun Gallery, Henley-on-Thames.
2003 Alchemy, Drumcroon, Wigan Education Authority Arts Centre.
2007 Plant Memory, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh.
2009 Overview: Paintings by Victoria Crowe.
“A Shepherd’s Life”, The Fleming Collection, London.
2012 Victoria Crowe: New Work, Browse and Darby, London.
2013 Fleece To Fibre: The Making of the Large Tree Group Tapestry, Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh, Festival exhibition, August/September. Subsequently toured to Inverness Museum and Gallery; The Victoria Tapestry Studio, Melbourne; and The Fleming Collection, London (2015).
2014 Winter Sequence: Works on Paper, Browse and Darby, London.
2017 Browse & Darby, London.

Awards and Accolades
1968 David Murray Landscape Scholarship.
1969, ‘75, ’81 Scottish Arts Council Bursaries.
1973 Anne Redpath Award.
1981 Glasgow Herald Painting Competition Prize winner.
1982 Elected as a member of The Royal Scottish Society of Painters in watercolour.
1987 Elected as an Associate of the Royal Scottish Academy.
1991 Elected as an Associate of the Royal Watercolour Society.
1992 Sir William Gillies Bequest, Royal Scottish Academy, for travel and study in Italy.
2002 Benton Humfries Award, Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London.
2004 Sir William Gillies Award, Royal Scottish Academy, for travel and research.
Awarded OBE for Services to Art.
2009 Awarded Doctor Honoris Causa (DHC), University of Aberdeen.
2010 Elected Fellow of The Royal Society of Edinburgh.
2012 Deputy President of The Royal Scottish Academy.
2013-15 Elected as Vice President of the Royal Scottish Academy.
2014 Start the Week, BBC Radio 4, presented by Andrew Marr. Episode
‘Sense of Place’ with invited guests Ian Bostridge, Victoria Crowe, Joanne Parker and Philip Marsden.
2015 Invited speaker at Europa Nostra, Cambridge University.
Invited Artist Residency at Dumfries House in Scotland.
Large Tree Group tapestry donated to National Museum of Scotland by Sir Angus Grossart.
2016 Acquisition of a group of work by The National Galleries of Scotland.
Donation of the painting Large Tree Group by its original owners to the National Galleries of Scotland.
The Sir William Gilles Research Award, Royal Scottish Academy.

1997 Commissioned by Danish National Portrait Gallery to paint the Danish Resistance leader, Ole. Lippmann for the 20th Century Collection of portraits at Frederiksborg Castle, Copenhagen .
Invited by Glasgow Museums and Art Galleries to take part in the Tiger, Tiger project at Bandhavgarh National Park, India.
2000 Invited artist for shortlist of Jesus 2000 commission, Glasgow Museum and Art Gallery.
2008 Commission of tapestry, Two Views, Dovecot Tapestry Company, Edinburgh.
2012 Commission of tapestry, Large Tree Group, Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh.
Centenary Exhibition, Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh.
2013 Shortlisted Artist for public art commission, the Marble Arch Project, architect Rafael Viñoly.
Shortlisted Artist and subsequently awarded major commission to design a tapestry for the new Hall for the Leathersellers Company, London, designed by architect Eric Parry RA. Tapestry woven at Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh. Installation completed April 2017.
Fleece to Fibre, Festival Exhibition, Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh. The weaving of Victoria Crowe’s Large Tree Group tapestry; subsequently purchased and donated to the National Museum of Scotland.