Camille Souter

Born in Northampton, England in 1929, Camille Souter was raised in Ireland and originally trained as a nurse at Guy’s Hospital in London. Diagnosed with tuberculosis in 1950, she spent a year in hospital, and took up painting classes and clay modelling as part of her occupational therapy. After travelling extensively in Italy, she returned to Ireland in 1956. Souter has exhibited in major group shows including the Irish Exhibition of Living Art, Dublin, 1957-73; Independent Artists, Dublin, 1960-79; 12 Irish Painters, New York, 1963; Oireachtas Exhibition, 1970-78; The Delighted Eye, London, 1980 and Figurative Image, Dublin, 1991. The Douglas Hyde Gallery and the Ulster Museum Belfast both held a retrospective of her work in 1980. In 2000 Souter was the recipient of the Glen Dimplex award for Sustained Contribution to the Visual Arts in Ireland presented by IMMA. Souter is a member of Aosdána and has received the honour of being elected Saoi. She continues to work on Achill Island

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