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Neil Pinkett – St. Michael’s Mount exhibition | 15 April 2018

the artist Neil Pinkett painting en plein air at Cape Cornwall on the cliffsMarch 2018 saw a very special exhibition open at Cornwall Contemporary. Neil Pinkett, who has lived opposite St. Michael’s Mount in Marazion for a number of years, decided to dedicate all of the paintings in his solo show to the iconic view of the “castle in the sea” 

It was ironic that whilst the exhibition was on, Neil received news that he was actually to move from marazion, making the exhibition that much more poignant for him.

We had a bustling private view, including an appearance by Lord James St. Levan who kindly wrote this for our exhibition catalogue – 

 
 
“I am fortunate to live somewhere which has attracted artists over the centuries. At one level, this has produced pictorial evidence of how buildings and plantings have evolved over time. At another, it is often intriguing to see how a place one thinks one knows well is perceived in another’s eyes. 
 
And while St Michael’s Mount has been painted many times over, it is much more unusual for an artist to put together a whole collection of work that captures its different moods and picks out the detail that gives the island its individual and quirky character. 
 
Neil Pinkett’s art breathes his love of the Cornish coast. He lives in Marazion and is therefore constantly aware of the Mount. It is so very apt that he has been inspired to take on this ambitious project.”
 
James St Levan
 

you can see the paintings in Neil’s wonderful ‘St. Michael’s Mount’ exhibition here

Our new video! | 21 March 2018

Over this winter, work began on filming activity at Cornwall Contemporary for a short film about the gallery and our artists. Funded by Creative Cultivator and filmed by Three S Films, filming focused on hanging Maggie Matthews’ paintings in the gallery, chatting to Alasdair Lindsay in his studio, watching Neil Pinkett painting outside on the cliffs at Cape Cornwall and Kristin Vestgard’s private view at the gallery.

Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge being filmed with Maggie Matthews in Cornwall Contemporary

Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge being filmed with Ken Spooner at Cornwall Contemporary

Chatting to Alasdair Lindsay in his studio

Mitch from Three S Films setting up a close-up shot of paintings and sculpture

Filming on the cliffs at Cape Cornwall with Neil Pinkett

we are all thrilled with the end result and you can see the film below –

Kristin Vestgard – December 2017 | 14 January 2018

Kristin Vestgard “Alone not Alone” a solo exhibition of paintings at Cornwall Contemporary

Throughout December at Cornwall Contemporary, we were delighted to host Kristin Vestgard’s second solo exhibition with us ‘Alone Not Alone’.

Born in Norway in 1976, Kristin Vestgard studied art at the Nordfjord Folk High School until 1996 and then at Oslo Painting and Drawing school. A Fine Art degree followed at Falmouth College of Art in 1997 and three years later her studies culminated in a sell-out degree show. She continued to live in Cornwall for a further ten years, with her paintings becoming increasingly sought after by collectors across the UK. A return to her native Norway has seen Kristin further develop the dreamlike and ethereal characters that live in her paintings and she has exhibited at various galleries in London, Cornwall, Norway and Denmark. Her exceptional studies are quintessentially Nordic and can be found in many private collections worldwide as well as being held in the Falmouth College of Art collection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I want my paintings to have a flux like moment. I keep painting until they have the right atmosphere, and it must be a gentle balance of being both here and not here – fleeting but with a nerve. To have a playfulness running in and out of the layers of oil paint, with a deep sincere essence holding it together. To me my paintings hold many secrets… and I like it that way. It gives them space to breathe and live their own lives; just like people… they have a sea of secrets too.” Kristin Vestgard

The exhibition was an enormous success with a huge amount of interest and many people coming back to see the paintings three, four times. You can see the exhibition here

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

 

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