Yasmin David
Into the Light

Yasmin David, Untitled (Late Abstract), c.2008,
oil on board. Courtesy the Estate of Yasmin David

The New Art Gallery is excited to present the first exhibition of landscape paintings by Yasmin David (1939-2009). David was the niece of Kathleen Garman, who donated her collection to the Gallery in the 70s.


Her mother was Kathleen’s youngest sister, Lorna. She was raised by her mother’s husband, Ernest Wishart, though in her late teens discovered she was in fact the biological daughter of poet Laurie Lee. Her brother, Michael Wishart, was also an acclaimed painter, whose work features in the Garman Ryan Collection.


In spite of these connections, Yasmin lived happily with her family in rural Devon for 50 years, and never publicly exhibited her extensive body of work during her lifetime. Over the last ten years her daughter, filmmaker Clio David, has uncovered hundreds of hidden work around the family’s farm, and in Spring 2021 some of these works will be exhibited in Walsall, alongside her wider family’s collection, for the first time.


Yasmin’s work explores the beauty and light of the South Devon landscape near Dartmoor. One of few women working in landscape painting during the post-war period, David produced paintings which are both intimate and dramatic, emotional and turbulent, and captures the molten qualities of sky and land.



Related Events

(may be subject to change and be either partly or fully digital TBC)


Thursday 11 March

A British Art Network Post War British Painting subgroup event is due to take place at the Gallery.  This conference, aimed at academics, artists, and museum professionals, will preview the exhibition and examine David’s work in the wider context of post-war British female painters, and discuss barriers faced by women artists in the 20th century in getting their work recognised.


For further information, or to express an interest in attending or speaking, please contact Collections Curator Julie Brown  julie.brown@walsall.gov.uk


Friday 12 March, 2pm

Exhibition Tour

Clio David will join Collections Curator Julie Brown for a free informal public tour to launch the exhibition.