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ABOVE Boat, Near Poole mixed media 41 x 39cm
  • LEFT Porthleven Mixed Media 56 x 53.5cms

Daphne McClure

Daphne McClure was born and bred in the quaint old furry-dancing town of Helston, a fact which must surely account for the strong sense of Cornishness evident in her paintings.  But the more you look at her paintings and drawings, the more you realise that they are as much essays in colour, design and balance, as they are paintings of a particular place.

Explorations of and experiments with her media, and expressions of her emotions experienced at the moment when using them, are made with such delight in what she sees before her that they come close to being a portrait of the painter herself; the patterns made in a field by the tracks of a tractor, the furrows in ploughed field, or the accidental patterns within a mobile flock of sheep on a hillside.

During the past 25 years she has painted in series, Porthleven, Hale, Levant Mine, Newlyn and Penzance.  She has also spent time at the Josef Albers Foundation in Connecticut where she has painted a variety of subjects, but not including her signature Boats.

Twice a winner in recent years of the conveted Critics' Choice Award in Newlyn Art gallery, she has exhibitied regularly with Penwith and Newlyn Societies of Artists.

Selected Exhibitions

2007  "New Work" Exhibition - Badcocks Gallery, Newlyn.  Installation "St Michael's Mount" NSA Exhibition, Newlyn Art Gallery    Mixed shows at Cornwall Contemporary Gallery, Penzance

2006  From Cornwall to Connecticut, Badcocks Gallery, Newlyn

2005  Invited to be Artist in Residence at The Albers Foundation, Connecticut, USA.  Spring Exhibition, Penwith Gallery, St. Ives.         NSA Exhibition, Thompson's City Gallery, London.  "Mother and Daughter" - with Emma McClure, Rainy Day gallery, Penzance.

2004  "New Work" Archeus Fine Art, London.

2002  Weather Report, Newlyn Gallery

1998  "Porthleven" - Salthouse Gallery, St. Ives.

1997  "Mothers and Daughters" - Cadogen Comtemporary, London.  "Porthleven to Penzance" - Penwith Gallery, St. Ives.

1994  "Levant Mine" - Wilson Stephens Fine Art, London.

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