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Maggie Matthews – 4 page feature in Cornwall Today Magazine | 11 July 2018

Maggie Matthews | in Bloom | an exhibition observing the National Dahlia Collection | 10 July 2018

Maggie Matthews at the National Dahlia Collection
“We love to give flowers, expressing our most powerful feelings from the joyful celebration of love to profound grief, they mark the most important moments in our lives. Today we import most of our flowers from distant lands, but Cornwall has a rich history in farming flowers. On the Isles of Scilly in 1870 Mr William Trevellick packed some daffodils into an old hat box and posted them off to Covent Garden and so an industry was born.
Taking advantage of the early mild springs daffodils became an important crop and with the coming of the railway West Cornwall regularly supplied London and beyond. It was while crossing one of the many footpaths on the slopes opposite St Michael’s Mount that I came across Varfell Farm where “Greenyard Flowers” is the world’s largest daffodil producer, leaders in the growing and packing of daffodils. It’s not just daffodils grown here as I was about to find out, but spectacular fields of Agapanthus and Amaryllis. Following the sign to “The National Dahlia Collection” I wandered into the most spectacular field filled with every vibrant colour and form of flower you can imagine. I returned many times over the coming months with my sketchbook and camera in hand. It wasn’t long until I met the production manager of the collection Louise Danks and Gilles Deprez. Louise and Gilles explained that the collection holds over 1,600 new and heritage varieties, a real national treasure.   
This exhibition brings together the body of work which was to follow, I hope you find it as colourful and vibrant as The National Dahlia Collection, and if you ever get chance to visit the collection in the summer months you won’t be disappointed.”
Maggie Matthews

 

 

Maggie Matthew’s solo exhibition for Cornwall Contemporary in 2018, was an in depth look at the National Dahlia Collection near Penzance. Maggie has always used nature as the inspiration for her paintings, whether looking into rock pools, or in hedgerows and then abstracting the on site drawings into paintings in the studio, and this exhibition explored the floral patterns and shapes of the extensive collection of dahlias on the outskirts of Penzance. 

photograph of Sarah Brittain Mansbridge and Maggie Matthews smiling and sitting amongst flowers at an exhibition at Cornwall Contemporary gallery in Penzance

Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge, director of Cornwall Contemporary with Maggie Matthews, surrounding by beautiful dahlias from the National Dahlia Collection, whilst hanging Maggie Matthews’ In Bloom exhibition.

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The exhibition got off to a flying start with a very busy private view and lots of red dots. There was a huge amount of interest and many reviews about the exhibition including features in Cornwall Today Magazine, Manor Magazine and the Western Morning News.

You can view Maggie’s paintings in the 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 –

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.

Maggie Matthews exhibition | 22 August 2016

Maggie Matthews has exhibited with us ever since we opened Cornwall Contemporary gallery 10 years ago. Her exhibition slot is always highly anticipated and a number of her collectors make the journey down to see her new exhibition of paintings each year.

Her July 2016 solo exhibition was titled “Colour and Light” which perfectly sums up all that is distinct and remarkable about Maggie’s paintings.

Maggie Matthews in her exhibition at Cornwall Contemporary slide 1

Maggie Matthews at her exhibition at Cornwall Contemporary, July 2016

beautiful dark red abstract painting by Maggie Matthews The Wild Garden is an abstracted landscape painting by Cornish artist Maggie MatthewsMaggie has always been a master with colour, skilfully balancing bright, vivid layers of colour on her canvases. Although the essence of Maggie’s paintings are abstract, the starting point has always been rooted in the Cornish landscape. Paintings often start as drawings made on the clifftop, beach, or hedgerow, using mark making and developing motifs and shapes to be abstracted later in the studio. Here Maggie’s bold use of colour combines with her drawing as she begins the long process of building up layers of paint on canvas. The subsequent paintings become both subtle and bold, holding a delicate balance of multi layers of beautiful drawing, mark making and areas of luminous colour. Maggie’s approach to painting in the Cornish artworld has always provided a modern, contemporary voice to the Cornish landscape and I believe her work gets stronger and stronger each year. We are very proud to have represented her for the last 10 years and look forward to seeing what she paints in the future. And on a personal note, I have lived with Maggie’s paintings in my own home for 19 years – they are a joy to live with! You can see work from the exhibition here.

Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge

Director, Cornwall Contemporary

 

 

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

Maggie Matthews painting | 15 December 2015

Maggie Matthews painting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Half Dreamt in its new home” 

Hi Sarah,
We love our new Maggie Matthews painting. It looks amazing in our lounge.

Thank you for your help,

Jane

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