“Scenes from the Pentlands
Exhibition of the art of Edwin G Lucas”
Wednesday 29 - Saturday 2 December
Colinton Library will feature a four-day exhibition of selected works
featuring views of the Water of Leith and the Pentlands, by Juniper
Green artist Edwin G Lucas (1911-1990).
He was born in Leith and grew up in Juniper Green and was educated at
Juniper Green Primary School and then George Heriot's School.
He was interested in a career in art, but his family discouraged this
because his uncle, E G Handel Lucas, who is now a well regarded
Victorian artist, struggled to make a decent living and lived the latter part
of his life in poverty. Instead, Edwin joined the Civil Service in Edinburgh
and studied at Edinburgh University, graduating as a Bachelor of Law in
A Scottish Modernist artist, he was an amateur, self-taught apart from
evening classes at Edinburgh College of Art, but during the period 1939-
1952 he produced Surrealist works that are said to be unprecedented in
Scottish art of the period.
In the 1930s and 40s he produced both oils and watercolours featuring
the local area, including the mills and the Balerno Branch railway line.
His work attracted little attention from the art world at the time, but it
started receiving recognition following its "discovery" in 2013 by curators
of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.
16 November - 2 December 2017
Open during our events on Thursday, when the Library is
normally closed, as well as during normal Library opening hours.
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