Joan Eardley is known for her raw renderings of the townscape and children of indigent urban Glasgow, many of which she completed in her Townhead studio. The artist also painted striking landscapes and sublime seascapes from her cottage in Catterline in Kincardinshire.
Of Scottish descent and resident in Scotland from the 1940s onwards, Eardley is considered a Scottish artist, although she was born and raised in West Sussex. She studied at Goldsmith’s, the Glasgow School of Art and at Hospitalfield, where she worked with James Cowie. She became an associate of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1955 and was elected as a member in 1963, the same year she died prematurely of breast cancer, aged 42.