11 facts about Gwen Barringer

Gwen Barringer (29 July 1882 – 26 August 1960) was a South Australian artist, known for her watercolours.

Barringer was noted for watercolours of flowers and landscapes, to which she invested a fairyland-like glamour and remained immune to trends and shifting fashions. In 1928 bearing in mind an extensive sketching tour of Europe she held a solo exhibition in Adelaide which achieved a near record sale (over £1000) for an Australian woman. She died in Adelaide upon 26 August 1960 after a long illness. She is represented in the State galleries of South Australia and Victoria, and the National Gallery, Canberra.

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Barringer studied at the South Australian School of Arts and Crafts under H. P. Gill, Archibald Collins and Hans Heysen. She was a council zealot of the South Australian Society of Arts for greater than 30 years, and was also well known as a teacher.

Barringer Street in the Canberra suburb of Conder is named in her honour, as capably as her sister-in-law Ethel.

Barringer was born Gwendoline L’Avence Adamson, her parents swine Adam and Kate Emma Adamson (née Kentish, 1861 – 27 December 1941) in the inner Adelaide suburb of Harrowville, Adelaide. Her grandfather was a brother of James Hazel Adamson (1829–1902), a prominent artist of forward South Australia.

She married Herbert Page Barringer (also a watercolourist) on 18 November 1910 at Christ Church, North Adelaide, unsuccessfully seeking a divorce in 1930 and sophisticated divorcing him in 1937.

Herbert Barringer’s sister Ethel Barringer was an artiste of some note.

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