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David Mankin painting in its new home | 12 January 2020

“Hi Sarah, Just to let you know that we have hung David Mankin’s painting, Spanning the Dark Sea today. It is beautiful! We have an armchair directly opposite the painting to enjoy getting lost in it, a view we’ll never tire of.”

David Mankin and Neil Pinkett paintings | 13 December 2019

“Hi Sarah Thank you so much for checking. It arrived yesterday. We love it! Here it is, just south of Mister Pinkett, waiting to be hung!”

Daphne McClure painting in Australia | 29 November 2019

“Just to let you know it arrived this morning at 11.00 am. I have never been so overjoyed! it will be celebrated in style with champagne. Thank you so much for your most excellent packing and patience. Thanks again, it looks at home and will bring me many happy memories of Cornwall. She has captured the essence.”

David Mankin painting in Paris | 6 November 2019

A number of paintings by David Mankin were sold for an office space in Paris. Here is ‘Daffodil Sky’ by David, looking rather wonderful in its new Parisian home. I’m sure it will bring a lot of enjoyment to the people who work there.

David Mankin paintings | 18 October 2019

These three David Mankin paintings that sold in his solo exhibition with Cornwall Contemporary, have been installed in their new home. They look absolutely wonderful in this stylish office space of the author and travel writer who acquired them.

Maggie Matthews painting in collectors home | 6 April 2019

“Hi Sarah, We love our new Maggie Matthews ‘Half Dreamt’ painting. It looks amazing in our lounge. Thank you for your help, Jane”

Antonio Lopez Reche | Bronze Sculpture | 23 September 2018

This very lovely couple (and lovely dog) came in to buy Antonio Lopez Reche’s “Nearly Time” bronze sculpture (on the left) but once we put it side by side with “Kitzune”, the only possible choice was to buy both as they make such a stunning pair. 

I know these pieces will be treasured for years to come and I was delighted to receive these images of the sculptures in their home, along with another sculpture by Antonio that they had previously bought from Cornwall Contemporary.

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 –

Ken Spooner painting in its new home | 6 January 2018

“Hi Sarah, sitting having a coffee and admiring Oceans Blue. It’s the best – so inspiring and makes me very happy”.

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

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1 Parade Street
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Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge
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