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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.

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

 

“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

Kristin Vestgard ‘The Red String’ exhibition | 9 November 2016

We were delighted recently to stage an exhibition of paintings by Norwegian artist Kristin Vestgard.

Kristin Vestgard at her exhibition at Cornwall Contemporary art gallery in Penzance, Cornwall

It was a truly wonderful collection of portrait and still life paintings by the Falmouth College of Art graduate. Her oil paintings convey fragility and beauty, strength and delicacy, tenderness and emotion and a serenity that feels meditative and ethereal.

“I want my figures to be in a flux like moment. I keep painting until they have the right atmosphere, and it must be a gentle balance of both being 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.”

Kristin Vestgard exhibition at Cornwall Contemporary galleryPainting of a lady gardener holding pot plants by Kristin Vestgard Kristin Vestgard painting "No Words" at Cornwall Contemporary beautiful portrait painting by Kristin Vestgard of a young woman wearing a yellow dress with a colourful necklace

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Kristin lived in Falmouth, Cornwall for ten years after graduating from art college and made many friends and established herself in the Cornish art scene as a highly collectable artist. Kristin flew over especially for the private view from Norway and we were thrilled to have her at the gallery where people were overjoyed to see her work back in Cornwall again. Throughout the duration of the show, we had a very high number of visitors, including two fans of her work who made the 800 mile round trip from West Yorkshire to Penzance, especially to see the exhibition:

“A privilege to see Kristin’s work in the flesh again after more than 10 years. A moving experience, I love these paintings so much. This is what art is about. 

Thank you Cornwall Contemporary for getting Kristin’s work over to the UK again. Totally worth our journey from West Yorkshire especially for this show. Blown away. Huge thanks from the bottom of my heart” Caroline and Julian 

The show was an enormous success and we had many sales and press reviews – 

a review in My Cornwall magazine of Kristin Vestgard's exhibition at Cornwall Contemporarykristin-review-page-2kristin-vestgard-newspaper-review-of-her-show-at-cornwall-contemporary-gallery-in-penzance“Their mix of fragility and strength, bound by that very same red string perhaps, lends her paintings a quality that defies description but is very special…”

You can see the paintings that featured in the exhibition here and we’re delighted to announce that there will be a second solo exhibition by Kristin at Cornwall Contemporary in 2017.

 

Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge

Director, Cornwall Contemporary

Our 10th Anniversary! | 29 August 2016

We have officially been open for 10 years here at Cornwall Contemporary and we have been busy celebrating!

private view at Cornwall Contemporary

Cornwall Contemporary opened on 1st September 2006. Taking on a run down listed building in the heart of Penzance, it was my intention to turn it into a venue to showcase and highlight the quality of art in Cornwall. Over the last ten years we have staged 136 exhibitions in the gallery plus numerous art fairs and pop ups in London and around the UK, working with hundreds of artists.

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Our grand opening of Cornwall Contemporary on 1st September 2006.

The paintings, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics and jewellery that we have shown over the years are all a testament to the thriving art scene of Cornwall and beyond. It’s been a joy to run Cornwall Contemporary and establish a name for the gallery. I like to hope that I’ve staged an eclectic mix of vibrant and interesting shows over the years with artists exhibiting from as far and wide as the USA and Norway. I am still full of ideas for future exhibitions and there are many artists that I now consider to be close friends, which has been the best part of the job. me-and-ken  

Cornwall Contemporary art gallery was featured in the Saturday Guardian newspaper in the Get Togethers section featuring a dinner party at Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge's house. The guests included artists Neil pinkett, Daphne McClure, Emma McClure, Janet Lynch and Maggie Matthews. The photographer was Guardian photographer Jim Wileman.Maggie Fiona Sarah Emma fpr printSarah Brittain-Mansbridge and Neil Pinkett with Alasdair Lindsay at the opening of Cornwall Contemporary's exhibition in Shoreditch in 2012for webele and al

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our opening night of the 10th Anniversary show had a party atmosphere with plenty of bubbles and we even had a resident gallery mermaid in tow! 

Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge at Cornwall Contemporary

Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge and her mermaid friend celebrating 10 years at Cornwall Contemporary!The exhibition has so far been an enormous success with numerous sales of paintings and sculpture already in the first couple of weeks.

 

 

 

 

Work in the exhibition can be seen here and the show runs until 10th September – don’t miss the chance to come along and see the very best in painting and sculpture in Cornwall.

And I’d also like to take this opportunity to again thank all of the artists who have exhibited at Cornwall Contemporary over the last 10 years – here’s to the next!

 

Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge

Director, Cornwall Contemporary

 

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