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Daphne McClure

17th October - 14th November 2020

Daphne McClure – A Cornish Perspective – exhibition and book launch

‘A Cornish Perspective’ is a solo exhibition of paintings by Daphne McClure and the accompanying publication of a new book which takes an in depth look at her life, from her early childhood, through to raising a family and the impact that Cornwall has had on her career as an artist.
Daphne is now in her 93rd year and is generally considered to be one of the finest Cornish painters of her generation. Her life in art has been prolific and varied – from exhibiting alongside Hepworth and Nicholson in St Ives in the early 1950s, to making costumes for Margot Fonteyn at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. She later spent time at the Albers Foundation in Connecticut USA on a prestigious artist residency and was also invited by Tate St. Ives to design a piece of work for their inaugural exhibition.
Her love for the coastline, moorland and fields of Cornwall has been fundamental to her desire to paint. Whether painting houses at Porthleven, abandoned mine stacks at Levant or fishing boats at Newlyn Harbour – Cornwall has always provided the inspiration behind her most quintessential work.

The book came from a conversation I had with Daphne in 2012 when she told me she would like to record her memories. I subsequently sat with her on many occasions as she spoke about her life, her inspirations, her family and of her love for Cornwall and for painting. ‘A Cornish Perspective’ is the result and celebrates her life and work.

Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge, Director, Cornwall Contemporary

‘Daphne McClure – A Cornish Perspective’
available to purchase for £20 from the gallery (£24 inc P&P)
published by Sansom and Company
author – Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge
foreword – Emma McClure
with direct quotations by Daphne McClure
80 pages / 265 x 235mm full colour illustrations
softback ISBN: 978-1-911408-65-9
This special solo exhibition of Daphne McClure’s work
includes many paintings never seen before, spanning her early career, through to her residency at the Albers Foundation and her later career paintings.
We hope you will be able to come and view this very special collection of paintings.


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Cornwall Contemporary
1 Parade Street
Queens Square
TR18 4BU

Telephone: 01736 874749

opening times:
Monday - Saturday  10 - 5

Gallery Director:
Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge

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