Victoria Crowe

Ronald David Laing, 1927 - 1989. Psychiatrist (1984)

About this artwork

This man is deep in thought. A crystal, an icon, a metronome and a woman's picture sit on a shelf behind him. Laing was a psychiatrist, turned psychoanalyst, who wrote a study on sanity and madness in 1960 called The Divided Self. The book became cult reading, its author, a cult figure. Laing experimented with psychedelic drugs, spent a year in a Sri Lankan Buddhist monastery and campaigned to create compassionate environments for the mentally ill in the West.

Victoria Crowe

Victoria Crowe

Born in London, Crowe trained at the Kingston School of Art and the Royal College of Art. She moved to Scotland in 1968 and began teaching at Edinburgh College of Art. She is a painter of still life, interiors, landscapes and portraits, and works in oil and in watercolour. Visits to Italy, Madeira, Egypt and India have influenced her work, as has the death of her son - her work is often autobiographical. Several of her richly symbolic portraits are in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, where an exhibition of her work, A Shepherd's Life, was held in 2000.