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The art of Edwin G Lucas

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Colinton Library

14 Thorburn Rd

Colinton

Edinburgh

EH13 0BQ

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Open during our events on Thursday, when the Library is normally closed, as well as during normal Library opening hours. Tickets are not required - just drop in at any time.

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 1934. 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.


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