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Paul Lewin | Penwith & Travels | 10 November 2017

Throughout October 2017 at the gallery, we had a stunning exhibition of Cornish coast and sea paintings by renowned mixed media painter Paul Lewin.

 A painter of the coast and sea, Paul Lewin has emerged as one of the leading contemporary landscape painters in the south west. Born in Manchester in 1967, Paul studied at Stockport College and went on to complete a BA (hons) degree in Fine Art at Bristol Polytechnic in 1989. Since leaving college he has lived and worked in Cornwall, and he now lives in Penwith, the western most tip of Cornwall. A fluent “en plein air” painter, his work has developed in response to the characteristic coastal fringes of the peninsula. In exploring its rugged coastlines and wild interiors of moorland and valleys, the resulting works evoke a strong sense of atmosphere, through a sensitivity to the changing light and weather conditions. His paintings can be found in collections throughout the UK, Germany, Mexico, USA, Australia and the Far East. One commission includes six works for Cunard, hung in their luxury cruise liner Queen Mary II. Paul continues to exhibit throughout the south west, London and the UK.

Works in Paul’s exhibition can be seen here.

Alasdair Lindsay | Shorelines | exhibition & book launch Sep 2017 | 10 September 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had a very special solo exhibition and book launch in summer 2017 for Alasdair Lindsay, who we have been working with for the last 20 years.

 

I first saw Alasdair Lindsay’s paintings at Falmouth College of Art’s graduate show for Fine Art in 1999. Despite being a recent graduate, Alasdair was already an accomplished artist, and leaving a note for him tucked into his sketchbook, I suggested he come to the gallery (where I was working as Art Director at the time) to meet me and now, 18 years after first seeing that graduate show in Falmouth, and opening my own gallery Cornwall Contemporary 11 years ago, I have sold hundreds of his paintings and Alasdair has amassed a large number of ardent admirers and collectors of his work worldwide.

There is something about Alasdair’s paintings that really resonates with people. I have customers who have bought numerous paintings by Alasdair and his work can be found in private collections in homes all over the world. From Alasdair’s 2016 exhibition alone at Cornwall Contemporary, we packed up and shipped off paintings to Switzerland, San Francisco and Germany as well as across the UK.

He has racked up accolades along the way – winning 2nd prize in the prestigious Hunting Art Prize in 2000, 2004 and 2005. He was commissioned to produce a number of paintings in 2002 for display on the luxury Cunard liner Queen Mary II. In 2007 his work was exhibited in the Singer Freidlander Sunday Times Watercolour Competition at Mall Galleries, London. He was recently shortlisted for the Lynn Painter Stainers Prize along with the Jacksons Art Prize, where he was placed among the best 25 painters from over 2000 artists worldwide.

With each exhibition, Alasdair’s style and aesthetic grows and it has been a pleasure working alongside him and watching his career thrive and flourish. His ability to entirely capture a recognisable scene, wherever it may be of, and yet present it in such a unique, vibrant and unexpected way has led to him becoming one of the UK’s most exciting contemporary landscape painters.

Paintings in the exhibition can be seen here.

Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge 
Director, Cornwall Contemporary

Maggie Matthews | Painting the Seasons 5th – 31st July 2017 | 10 August 2017

This exhibition was a year- long journey through the four seasons celebrating a year in the life of the Cornish countryside, by one of Cornwall’s best loved abstract painters Maggie Matthews.

“I love spotting the first signs of the changing seasons, the first bluebell, my first summer beach day, collecting autumn leaves and waiting for that first frost so I can pick the sloes for my Christmas Gin – everyone has their favourites.

Each season I focus in on my favourite events – the first green shoots of new life in “Spring Seedling” and a study of the return of the fresh light after long dark winter evenings in “Spring Light”. I spend long summer days searching the shingle for shells and whiling away the hours watching the abundant life in “Summer Rockpools”.  Every autumn, nature puts on a spectacular show and I love making collections of treasure such as “Autumn Leaves”.

My year would not be complete without long winter walks at Trelissick Gardens, to study the “Winter Trelissick Trees”. What a wonderful county to live in, with its beautiful beaches and subtropical gardens, from cliff tops to moors there are in fact too many inspiring events in nature’s calendar to mention and I can only highlight my personal favourites”.         Maggie Matthews

This solo exhibition by Maggie Matthews was a huge success, with one collector travelling all the way from Dusseldorf to buy from the private view.

Maggie Matthews with a collector of her paintings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Works in the exhibition can be seen here.

Born in Wales, Maggie Matthews moved to the far southwest of Cornwall in 1988 and has since gained recognition as one of Cornwall’s leading abstract painters. Inspired by aerial views of the shore and the landscape, she can often be found walking the cliffs, sketchbook in hand, noting and sketching the shapes and patterns below her, which are then translated into paintings in the studio. Her work has been exhibited widely throughout Cornwall and the UK, most notably in The City Gallery, The Air Gallery and Thompson’s Gallery in London. Her paintings were also toured worldwide in the ‘White Columns’ exhibition in places such as New York and she has also exhibited on Nantucket Island, USA. In 1999 BBC Wales Broadcasting Studio commissioned a permanent collection of Maggie’s paintings which are on display during broadcasts.

David Mankin & Philip Lyons exhibition | 4 August 2017

Throughout June 2017, we had an exhibition featuring the beautifully pared back Cornish landscapes and still lives of Philip Lyons alongside the vibrant, abstract expressionist Cornish landscapes of David Mankin.

The exhibition was a huge success with 18 sales. Prior to the exhibition even opening, 4 of David Mankin’s paintings were purchased by an interior design company to furnish an office space in Paris.

David Mankin’s painting ‘Daffodil Sky’ in situ in an office space in Paris.

Whilst the exhibition was on, David Mankin was also selected by prestigious international Art Maze Mag to appear in their current edition. Not only does he have two full pages showing his paintings, they also have his work on the back cover – all paintings that appeared in our exhibition. The magazine is available internationally and will be at Art Basel, Switzerland.

David Mankin with his paintings featured in prestigious Art Maze Magazine

 

 

The response to the exhibition was overwhelming and we had numerous visitors coming back for 2nd, 3rd, 4th looks at the paintings on display. We’re thrilled for both artists and both David Mankin and Philip Lyons are featured in our current Summer Collection exhibition, at the gallery throughout August 2017.

Nickie Carlyon ‘My Family and other Fish’ | 20 July 2017

In addition to our David Mankin and Philip Lyons’ exhibitions, we also had another show on in June 2017 – a very special and personal capsule collection of paintings by Nickie Carlyon called ‘My Family and Other Fish’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The inspiration for this series of paintings came from a group of photographs taken between 1920 – 29. They recorded the early days of my great grandparents smallholding on Vancover Island, British Columbia and the childhood idyll that my mother and her brother enjoyed before they came to England in 1933. My Mum, Elspeth remembers these days so clearly and has described and talked about the extraordinary life they had there. The photos were black & white and clearly showed a wonderful family bond, brother & sister, mother, daughter, working horses and adored pets. The paintings are my imaginings of the colour, textures and atmosphere. They are the place which did exist in the past but now live in a memory; intangible but recognisable.” Nickie Carlyon

 

Emma McClure painting and it’s new owner… | 23 June 2017

Hi Sarah, Though this might make you/Emma smile,small hairy elderly ( slightly smelly) jack Russell on blue kitchen sofa with cushions, below Emma’s painting ‘Studio Sofa 2’.
Love the painting
Best wishes 
Kate

 

“Wave after Wave” exhibition review of Neil Pinkett’s exhibition in the Western Morning News | 25 May 2017

 

Neil Pinkett – A Year at Cape Cornwall | 23 May 2017

the artist Neil Pinkett painting en plein air at Cape Cornwall on the cliffs

Neil Pinkett, who was born in St. Just in the far south-west of Cornwall, has been painting the sea almost every day for over 20 years. From spring 2016 to spring 2017, Neil rented one of the tiny fisherman’s huts down at Cape Cornwall near St. Just, to use as his studio. Cape Cornwall is the distinctive natural headland where the Atlantic currents divide. The working slipway is still used by local fisherman and the area is part of the Tin Coast and Cornish Mining World Heritage Site.
The resultant paintings of Neil’s residency at Cape, record the changing seasons, tides and weather of that year and were exhibited at Cornwall Contemporary in May 2017.

“Last year, while teaching down at the slipway by Cape Cornwall, one of the local fishermen offered me the use of one of the small fishing huts built into the cliff.
Over the years, I’ve travelled while working, always feeling the need to move forward, but recently I’ve been drawn back to the landscape of home and the old haunts of childhood.
That childhood was here on the coastline between Cot and Botallack, scrambling across the cliffs and beaches or up at the farm, making camps in amongst the straw bales with friends.
The hut is a focal point, an opportunity to study a place I’ve taken for granted for too long. When young I charged across boulders and rocks always looking yards and minutes ahead, whereas now, I feel that a bit of stillness and mindfulness is in order.”
Neil Pinkett, May 2017

The exhibition was a great success with sales in double figures and paintings being sent all over the country at the end of the show. The feedback we received whilst the show was on was outstanding, many people could see that this was a very special and personal exhibition for Neil – one that went back to his childhood – and many people remarked that it was his very best exhibition to date. 

A selection of the paintings in the exhibition can be seen here.

Daphne and Emma McClure – Mother and Daughter exhibition | 15 May 2017

Cornwall Today, April 2017

Daphne McClure and Emma McClure at Cornwall Contemporary

This very special exhibition marked the first time artists Daphne and Emma McClure had exhibited together in more than 10 years. Both artists have hugely successful painting careers in their own right and this joint show had been highly anticipated amongst their many collectors and admirers.

Daphne and Emma are inspired by the landscape they call home, and there is an obvious connection between their paintings in terms of subject matter: cows in a Cornish field, a vase of flowers on a table, boats moored in a harbour…. But where Daphne’s paintings are more expressive, perhaps led more by instinct, Emma’s studies feel more carefully composed, more thought out, with a coastal-inspired softer palette. Both demonstrate a masterly handling of composition and paint, and both have the ability to keep evolving the way they work, developing their own unique voice on the canvas. “It didn’t feel unusual that my mother was an artist when I was growing up,” says Emma, who studied at Falmouth School of Art, Winchester School of Art and Chelsea School of Art, graduating in 1985 with an MA in painting. “It felt very natural to have a creative mother. She was always painting or making something and it was a very creative household. The decision to go to art school was the most interesting option available, “ she says. “I never felt the need to rebel against it, just because it’s what my mother did.” Daphne, of course, spotted her daughter’s talent: “Emma showed an aptitude from an early age for drawing and painting, so it wasn’t a surprise to see her follow in my footsteps.”

And what footsteps…. Born in Helston, Cornwall, Daphne attended Hornsey College of Art and Central School of Art. After graduating and spending 5 years working in the costume department at The Royal Opera House (working on costumes for the likes of Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev) she returned home to Cornwall and has been painting ever since. Daphne is now considered to be the Grande Dame of the Cornish art world – in 1995 she was commissioned by Tate, St. Ives to design a piece of work for its inaugural exhibition, and in 2004, she was invited by the Josef Albers Foundation to undertake an artist residency in Connecticut, USA. Both Daphne’s and Emma’s paintings can be found in private collections worldwide. After living and working in London for many years, Emma now lives near Penzance, not far from her mother. She has enjoyed many successful solo exhibitions in Cornwall and London and her compositions capture serenity and balance with an often playful humour and an underlying, deceptive simplicity. “I really admire mum’s sense of design and originality as well as her bold and direct approach. We start each painting in a similar way. We both like to work in series, exploring certain themes, and the starting point is always to observe and sketch and then develop the painting in the studio from drawings and memory.” Daphne agrees. “With both of us working in close proximity to each other, I’m sure there is cross fertilisation within our inspiration, but any influence on each other is subconscious,” she says. “If we were to paint the same vista, we would end up with completely different paintings. I’m sure we would find a different focus.” Emma concludes, “Because she’s such a good artist, there’s been quite a lot to live up to, but I don’t think it’s always helpful to make too many comparisons to each other. We sometimes ask for each other’s opinion on a new work. I value her opinion, and I think she values mine.”

Excerpt from “Joint Enterprise – Daphne and Emma McClure” by Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge in the Spring 2017 edition of Manor Magazine

“My Beautiful Mermaid” | 17 April 2017

“I love my Melissa Kiernan Mermaid sculpture and cannot believe you still have some of her works available. They’re all so delicate and spiritual and deep and symbolic and beautiful! Thank you for introducing me!!”

We love to see where some of our pieces have ended up and this beautiful sculpture by Melissa Kiernan looks superbly at home here. We have a few of Melissa’s works available in the gallery and we’re excited to say that she is currently working on a new collection of sculptures for us that should be in the gallery soon.

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Cornwall Contemporary
1 Parade Street
Queens Square
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 4BU

Telephone: 01736 874749

Opening times:
Monday -  Saturday 10 - 5

Gallery Director:
Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge
sarah@cornwallcontemporary.com

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