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David Mankin | Sightlines

24 August – 21 September 2019

Over the Marble Meadow

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Over the Marble Meadow

acrylic & mixed media on paper
23 x 31cm

Down Cloudy Cliffs

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Down Cloudy Cliffs

acrylic & mixed media on canvas
60 x 60cm

Drift

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Drift

acrylic & mixed media on canvas
102 x 102cm

Serpentine Summer

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Serpentine Summer

acrylic & mixed media on canvas
122 x 122cm

West Penwith

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West Penwith

acrylic & mixed media on canvas
95 x 120cm

Restless Land

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Restless Land

acrylic & mixed media on wood
40 x 40cm

Embark

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Embark

acrylic & mixed media on wood panel
40 x 30cm

Between Parched Dunes and Salivating Waves

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Between Parched Dunes and Salivating Waves

acrylic & mixed media on canvas
60 x 60cm

Evening Sea Swims In

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Evening Sea Swims In

acrylic & mixed media on canvas
76 x 76cm

Out of the Hurling Air

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Out of the Hurling Air

acrylic & mixed media on canvas
102 x 102cm

Porthgwidden

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Porthgwidden

acrylic & mixed media on canvas
102 x 102cm

Wayfarer

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Wayfarer

acrylic & mixed media on canvas
102 x 102cm

Vaulting Sky

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Vaulting Sky

acrylic & mixed media on canvas
102 x 102cm

The Sky Widens

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The Sky Widens

acrylic & mixed media on canvas
102 x 102cm

Far Out Faintly Rocked

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Far Out Faintly Rocked

acrylic & mixed media on wood panel
50 x 50cm

In the Sea Roads of the Moor

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In the Sea Roads of the Moor

acrylic & mixed media on canvas
60 x 60cm

Go in the Sea’s Roar

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Go in the Sea’s Roar

acrylic & mixed media on canvas
80 x 80cm

June

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June

acrylic on cradled wood panel (unframed)
20 x 20cm £775

Arching Blue

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Arching Blue

acrylic on cradled wood panel
20 x 20cm

Encounter

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Encounter

acrylic & mixed media on canvas
40 x 50cm

Dawn Breaks Loose

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Dawn Breaks Loose

acrylic & mixed media on paper
50 x 50cm

Haul

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Haul

acrylic & mixed media on paper
35 x 40cm

Under High Cliffs

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Under High Cliffs

mixed media on paper
21 x 21cm

Tintagel 3

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Tintagel 3

acrylic & mixed media on paper
29 x 23cm

Tintagel 2

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Tintagel 2

acrylic & mixed media on paper
29 x 26cm

Turned by the Wind

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Turned by the Wind

acrylic & mixed media on canvas
40 x 40cm

Up Granite Slopes Down to Coves

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Up Granite Slopes Down to Coves

acrylic on cradled wood panel
20 x 20cm

Trampling Surf

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Trampling Surf

acrylic on cradled wood panel
20 x 20cm

Slapping the Sunny Cliffs

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Slapping the Sunny Cliffs

acrylic on cradled wood panel
20 x 20cm

Petrel-Threaded Gale

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Petrel-Threaded Gale

acrylic on cradled wood panel
20 x 20cm

Over the Waltzing Sea

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Over the Waltzing Sea

acrylic & mixed media on paper
23 x 24cm

Morvah

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Morvah

acrylic on cradled wood panel
20 x 20cm

Distant Morsels

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Distant Morsels

mixed media on paper
21 x 21cm

Out of the Hurling Air (study)

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Out of the Hurling Air (study)

mixed media on paper
21 x 21cm

Gone on Swallow’s Wings

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Gone on Swallow’s Wings

mixed media on paper
21 x 21cm

Winter’s Flame

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Winter’s Flame

acrylic & mixed media on paper
29 x 31cm

Rendezvous

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Rendezvous

acrylic & mixed media on canvas
60 x 60cm

Perran Sands

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Perran Sands

acrylic & mixed media on canvas
102 x 102cm

On Sailing Roofs

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On Sailing Roofs

acrylic & mixed media on paper
21 x 21cm

Sennen

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Sennen

acrylic & mixed media on paper
21 x 21cm

The Breezes Blew, the White Foam Flew

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The Breezes Blew, the White Foam Flew

acrylic & mixed media on paper
21 x 21cm

By the Sounding Sea

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By the Sounding Sea

acrylic on cradled panel
20 x 20cm

Uprush

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Uprush

acrylic & mixed media on wood panel
30 x 40cm

Call of the wild (study)

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Call of the wild (study)

acrylic & mixed media on paper
32 x 42cm

David Mankin | Sightlines | 24th August – 21st September 2019

A new collection of 60 paintings and works on paper by one of Cornwall’s most exciting emerging abstract expressionist painters.

Since David’s near sell-out solo show at Cornwall Contemporary in 2018, he has received commissions including a highly prestigious national campaign from English Heritage to produce a painting for their 2019/20 Members Handbook, now available at over 400 historic sites such as Stonehenge. A documentary was made by English Heritage about David and we will screen this throughout the exhibition.

A special 28 page fully illustrated catalogue is available to accompany this exhibition, featuring paintings in the exhibition and information about the artist.
Priced at £10 in the gallery or £12.50 inc p&p (message us for overseas price)

 

Remembering in paint

‘A painter is a kind of beachcomber’ Peter Lanyon

David Mankin’s work is about the pulse of the landscape. There is no attempt to mimic a pretty ‘view’, instead he explores the elemental impermanence of the unique Cornish topography. Mankin’s work goes beyond its obvious beauty and delves into the minutiae of rock pools on the foreshore, the incoming squall, the lash of a wave, the formation of lichen on granite. Emotion, drama, and his own personal love for the landscape surrounding his Cornish home and studio are present and connect you to his sense of place, but the work is never allowed to be sentimental. It expresses the fleeting nature of the elements; it surrounds natural concurrences or ‘happenings’ that the artist himself has found like an expert beachcomber.

In this new body of work, Mankin explores how our overlapping senses respond to being in the landscape. For the artist, landscape is something to be felt all the way through, exploring it bodily, seeing with touch, smell and sound. His fascination lies in how our minds are shaped by this sensory experience. The constantly moving texture of images and viewpoints offer him the unexpected: two natural aspects overlapping, folding into each other like rock layers; slides of a projector slotting into place to create a moment of creative clarity — his own sightline.

Moments of sensory experience are constantly recorded by sketch, photograph, but mostly memory, and then reconstructed back in his studio. Mankin explains, ‘I start off with an explosion of mark making, sensory fragments that I’ve picked up in the landscape.’ Often his starting point is a connection with a particular shape, colour concurrence, or an overwhelming feeling that overtakes and is allowed to spill out onto canvas. The initial, intuitive flow is followed by a considered process of refinement. Thought is given to balance in colour, line, tone, texture, and shape. The artist is committed to finding equilibrium within his composition, with dialogue between mark-making and passages of paint. Mankin then goes through a process of addition and subtraction: the surface is built up, scratched, removed, scraped, and further layers added, all punctuated by marks and lines and graffiti-like scribble. The surface becomes animated as historical layers are allowed to seep through.

In the space of one day, a painting may change completely, as elements or relationships are discovered. Buried glimpses of previous iterations echo the dark, abandoned lodes beneath the earth; the soaring flight of a gull on a windy day, becomes a sweeping brush mark; a tangle of fine sgraffito lines suggests the wind-blown branches of tamarisk at a cliff edge. Always, there is the underlying energy of the sea; at times an early morning milkiness, at others a raging elemental force. It is these senses or impressions that are inherent to Mankin’s work.The artist draws on these moments whilst working on his canvases. He is remembering in paint.

There is a delicate balance between realism and abstraction in Mankin’s paintings which leaves the viewer to look for the apparent within the abstract, compounding the compelling nature of his work. It was this reason that led to English Heritage selecting him to create a painting for the cover of their 2019/ 20 members handbook, the guide to over 400 of their historic sites such as Stonehenge and Hadrian’s Wall. Mankin was commissioned to create his response to the iconic Cornish landmark, Tintagel Castle, a spectacular headland situated on the North Cornish Coast, attracting 250,000 visitors each year. The final piece titled ‘Passage’, is a painting that not only embodies his experience of Tintagel but also his ability to expertly communicate a sense of place.

Mankin’s paintings possess a powerful and compelling integrity, where his relationship between place and particular moments in time are being constantly explored. Words cannot convey their subtleties, they need to be seen ‘in the flesh’. One needs to stand in front of his paintings, taste the salt spray, smell the wild gorse on the cliff edge and feel the roaring Atlantic winds blasting the granite headlands.

Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge

Director, Cornwall Contemporary

English Heritage produced a documentary about David Mankin’s work to coincide with their commission for him to produce the image for their 2019/20 Members Handbook.

You can view the documentary here

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