Flora Wood (1908 - 1998)
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Reclining Nude with Flowers by Flora Wood
Reclining Nude with Flowers.  Reserved
 

Biography

Painter, draughtswoman and sculptor, born in 1908 in Portobello, near Edinburgh. After attending boarding school in England, Wood in the mid-1920s spent a winter in Florence, where she underwent academic education at the studio of Mafori Seveni. Returning to Edinburgh, she studied at Edinburgh College of Art with William Gillies and D M Sutherland, followed by a short period of sculpture under Alexander Carrick and further studies in Paris with Andre Lhoté. After marrying Kenneth Maclay, a stockbroker, in 1939, she holidayed abroad including France where she met Picasso, a notable influence. From 1940s she showed with RSA and Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts; also with three bodies of which she was a member: SSA, SSWA and Glasgow Society of Women Artists. Scottish Arts Council sponsored a solo show at Citizen’s Theatre, Glasgow, in 1970. Another followed at Lillie Art Gallery, Milngavie, Glasgow, near where she had a studio, in 1979. Further exhibitions included England & Co, 1989. Scottish Arts Council and Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow, hold her work.