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Clifford Fishwick

Clifford Fishwick studied at the Liverpool School of Art before and after the war, and in 1947 moved to Devon and began teaching at Exeter College of Art, becoming Principal of the College in 1958. He had his first one-man show in London at the St George’s Gallery in 1957, followed by many others including Dartington Hall, Devon, 1959, Plymouth City Art Gallery, 1966, and two major shows with Austin/Desmond Fine Art in 1989 and 1990. Fishwick was a friend of the St Ives painters (Peter Lanyon, Paul Feiler and Trevor Bell) and he exhibited regularly with the Newlyn and Penwith Societies. Retrospective exhibitions were mounted in Plymouth and Exeter following his death in 1997.

Clifford Fishwick was one of the group of talented West Country artists who extended the great tradition of English landscape painting into modern terms.

CLIFFORD FISHWICK by Peter Davies. CLIFFORD FISHWICK (1923 – 1997) was a Liverpool-trained landscape painter of great productive drive whose manifold activities included running a major West Country art college and trekking, mountaineering and yachting.

From 1958 until retirement in 1984 he was Principal of the Exeter College of Art, guiding the college through a period of great expansion and bureaucratic change. His natural magnanimity and northern warmth made him a popular leader of art education. He also found time to raise a family and paint a prolific body of work which he exhibited widely across the West Country including at the Penwith and Newlyn Art Societies in Cornwall. While he embraced the abstraction of the St Ives ‘School’ after a post-war flirtation with neo-romanticism, Fishwick never abandoned a feeling for the topographical nature of ‘place’. As a result his still under-rated contribution to post-war British painting enables it to be seen in a longer and broader historical context.

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