Elizabeth Blackadder

Dame Elizabeth Blackadder, DBE, RA, RSA, (24 September 1931 – 23 August 2021) was a Scottish painter and printmaker. Blackadder's signature subjects included landscape, cats, flowers, still life and portraits. Blackadder's work was based in the traditions of the Edinburgh School, but was strongly influenced by Japanese aesthetics. Characteristically, she carefully arranged objects in a shallow pictorial space to create intriguing and subtly decorative images. 


Blackadder was first invited to make an etching at Glasgow Print Studio in 1985, and since that time has produced around 150 editions in lithograph, screenprint, etching and woodcut and has exhibited in the gallery several times.

Blackadder has received a number of awards, including the Guthrie Award, Royal Scottish Academy (1962) and the Pimms Award for Work on Paper (Royal Academy, 1983). Blackadder was elected as a Member of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1972, a Royal Academician in 1976 and a Member of The Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts in 1983. She was an Honorary Member of the Royal West of England Academy, the Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. She received Honorary Doctorates from four Scottish universities. In 2001 she was appointed Her Majesty's Painter and Limner in Scotland.