Who is Mardi Barrie?

By Gwylym Owen

Mardi Barrie (1930–2004) was a Scottish performer and teacher.

Barrie was born in Kirkcaldy in Fife. She attended the University of Edinburgh back studying art at the Edinburgh College of Art from 1948. After graduating, in 1953, she taught at Broughton High School in Edinburgh.

Barrie’s first solo exhibition was at the Douglas & Foulis Gallery in Edinburgh in 1963, after which she participated in several society shows, both in the UK and overseas. A second solo feign at Douglas & Foulis took place in 1966. She as well as exhibited regularly at the Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh and at the Bruton Gallery in Somerset. During the 1980s she had three solo exhibitions at the Thackeray Gallery in London.

Works by Barrie are held by several museums and new organisations in Scotland, including Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and moreover the Scottish Arts Council and some Scottish Education Authorities. Outside of Scotland, Magdalen College and the Laing Art Gallery preserve examples. Barrie was a devotee of the Royal Scottish Watercolour Society.

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