The Art of Zen – A Still Life by Elizabeth Blackadder

An extremely versatile artist, Blackadder is a prolific printmaker and painter best known for her delicate flower paintings and still life subjects. Blackadder was also strongly influenced by Japanese aesthetics and this month we have a fine example of one of her still life paintings to offer for sale. 

Still Life in White and Grey has all the hallmarks of a Blackadder. Her deep respect for Japanese culture is evident in this piece as she places everyday objects against blank planes of space. The flattened perspective is another marker of her sensitivity to the Japanese aesthetic and works towards the abstract nature of the overall piece.  



Executed in watercolour, this was Blackadder’s preferred medium as its delicacy translated well to her chosen subject matter, as well as the sense of calmness in this particular work. 

Lot 519 is a fantastic opportunity to own an original watercolour by one of Scotland’s most revered artists. Still Life in White and Grey carries an auction estimate of £3000 – 5000. 


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Jenny MacLeod


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