Born in 1912, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham was a key participant of the St Ives Group and its contribution to English modernism in the 1940s and 1950s. She had moved to St Ives in 1940 and, while dividing her time since the 1960s between Cornwall and St Andrews, lived there until she died in early 2004. Wilhelmina Barns-Graham exhibited regularly throughout her career, and was to be rediscovered by new audiences during her final decade. Painting and drawing were her principal output though in her last years she became very involved with printmaking through her collaborations with Graal Press.
Since 1991 key exhibitions in London and at the Tate St Ives, as well as two hugely successful national public gallery touring shows, have re-established her position at the forefront of modernist British painting. Her work is found in all major public collections in the UK including the Tate Gallery and the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Wilhelmina Barns-Graham was awarded a CBE in recognition of her achievement as an artist in 2001.
Wilhelmina Barns-Graham died in 2004.
Bohun Gallery is one of only four galleries selected by the Trustees of the Barns-Graham Foundation to handle the late artist's work.