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David Mankin studio visit | 27 July 2018

Had the most wonderful morning yesterday visiting David Mankin in his studio, selecting paintings and discussing his forthcoming show with us. I can’t wait to hang these paintings in the gallery and share them all with you. They are brilliantly dynamic and filled with a huge amount of movement and depth, and his palette is exceptional. It’s going to be a simply stunning exhibition. David’s show opens on 26th September – definitely a date for your diary.

Jessica Cooper studio visit | 31 March 2016

Jessica Cooper

Yesterday I took some people over to see Jessica Cooper in her light-filled studio in Newlyn. They have long been admirers of Jess’s work and we spent a wonderful afternoon hearing Jess talk about her painting practice. Especially heart warming was to see 12 year old Alec’s reaction to Jess’ beautifully balanced and quietly and deceptively simple compositions – upon leaving, Alec turned to Jess and said “I love your paintings and I hope you never, ever stop painting.”

I’ve personally known Jess for 20 years and have watched her paintings grow in confidence and her career blossom and thrive. It’s still a thrill to be able to visit an artist’s studio and to see where ideas become paintings.

Daphne McClure & Janet Lynch | 15 March 2016

I recently visited the artist Daphne McClure to pick up paintings for our current Spring Exhibition. Daphne is an inspiration and is still producing some of her finest work ever. It’s a real privilege to work alongside her and to have been exhibiting her wonderful paintings for the past 10 years.

Daphne McClure

I also visited Janet Lynch in her beautiful studio tucked away in the Cornish countryside on the north coast between St. Just and St. Ives. It’s always wonderful to see Janet and to view her work in situ. Her current work is linked to poetry that has inspired Janet in some way and her lyrical and narrative figurative paintings are always visually exciting and dynamic. I’m so excited about her exhibition at the gallery this year in June – her last solo show at the gallery was practically a sell-out.

Janet Lynch

 

 

New Year studio visits | 12 January 2016

Throughout January 2016 I am visiting my artists in their studios and also visiting other artistic institutions and venues to learn more about how my artists work and to gain further insight in how best to support them. The new year is a time to step back from the daily running of the gallery, and to get a broader understanding of where my artists are with their working practice and to see if they need any support, help or just general cheerleading in the run up to their exhibitions.

Ken. spooner at work in his studio

My first five days were spent with Ken Spooner in his ceramics studio. Ken is a multi disciplinary artist with separate studios for painting, ceramics, welding and sculpture. Ken is a true creative visionary and it was a joy and a privilege to see the processes behind his work. Maggie Matthews

Then came a day spent with Maggie Matthews and a sneak preview of the stunning canvases that she has started work on in preparation for her show in summer 2016. I have worked with Maggie for 18 years now and it’s wonderful to see her produce her finest work yet – a true marriage of colour, balance, form and mark making – simply superb. Leach Pottery

I am now two days into a week long stay at Leach Pottery, St. Ives, learning more about the Leach legacy and contemporary ceramics. It’s a fascinating and inspiring environment and I am learning a great deal. Next week I will visit Janet Lynch in her studio to see her wonderful narrative and lyrical paintings – can’t wait!

Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge Director, Cornwall Contemporary

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Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge
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