PADRAIG MAC MIADHACHAIN A Life of Painting  (1929 – 2017)

PRESS RELEASE

New One-Person Exhibition:
11 June – 2 July 2018, Belgrave St Ives
Private View: 9 June 6 – 8pm

Based in Swanage, Dorset from the early 1950s and working from studios in various parts of the world, Pádraig Mac Miadhacháin established a full time career painting for a living and living to paint.

Looking at places through the lens of colour is core to Pádraig Mac Miadhacháin’s work, and so we can understand why he over-wintered in places like the Balearic Islands (1950s), the Canary Islands (1960s and 1970s) and St Ives (1990s onwards), and how this fits with his earliest memories of his sea-side holidays on the east coast of Ireland. However, he always returned home to his adopted Swanage, where he continued to paint, swim, walk and ‘mooch along the beach’ (his words). This retrospective exhibition is the first attempt to view Mac Miadhacháin’s oeuvre in a chronological order. It is interesting to see not only the evolution of a personal visual language but also the artist’s ability to move from abstract to figurative and back again, from tonal painting to high chroma, minimalist to narrative, dependent on the subject, and artistic intent. The experiences of travel and the discovery of alternative cultures fed directly into his work and several paintings in this exhibition illustrate these various cultural references.

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Pádraig Mac Miadhacháin was born in 1929 in Downpatrick, County Down, and trained at Belfast College of Art and the National College of Art in Dublin where he focused on portraiture before beginning his exhibiting career in 1951. Studying at Belfast and Dublin was a good solid training in technique and one that was to prove of huge underlying significance when his interest in much more contemporary art began to grow in the early 60s, following the winning of a Polish Government Scholarship to Krakow in 1960 and the resulting friendship with the landscape painter Piotr Potworowski, an artist with close links to the St Ives School. Further influence is suggested by Nicholas Usherwood in the catalogue essay to the new exhibition, where he points to “…an experimental shift of direction almost certainly confirmed by the shows he had alongside such distinguished Irish contemporary painters as Louis LeBrocquy, Camille Souter and Gerard Dillon in the Irish Exhibitions of Living Art at around the same time”.

Later in his career, the artists of the St Ives School were important influences; most notably, fellow Northern Irishman William Scott, Roger Hilton, Alfred Wallis and Ben Nicholson. Mac Miadhacháin was able to develop his own personal style without, at the same time, getting swamped by the tendency to abstraction at large.

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MacMiadhachain_TheGatesOfLove_Asila_Morocco_c1992_Belgrave_St_IvesThe Gates Of Love Asila Morocco c1992 by Pádraig Mac Miadhacháin. Showing at Belgrave St Ives, 11th June to 2nd July 2018.

Mac Miadhacháin travelled widely throughout North and South America, Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and the Republic of Ireland. A long exhibiting career included 17 solo shows in London and exhibitions in Madrid, Dublin, Belfast, Las Palmas, Krakow, Los Angeles, Seattle and Vancouver. He held a retrospective exhibition at the Molesworth Gallery, Dublin, in 1999, and in 2000 was one of three artists included in Fedden’s Choice at Lena Boyle Fine Art – an exhibition of the work of Mary Fedden’s favourite artists. The National Self Portrait Collection of Ireland and the Arts Council of Ireland hold examples of his work, which can also be found in private collections all around the world.

A fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by Nicholas Usherwood is available.
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They Left Their Shadows 2008 Oil on board; 20 x 25 cm

Macmiadhachain_Portrait_Samantha_Cook_Grain_PrintPortrait of Pádraig Mac Miadhacháin by Samantha Cook

For further information and images, please contact Richard Blackborow:

Belgrave St Ives, 22 Fore Street, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1HE

richard@belgravestives.co.uk

tel. 01736 794888

TWO POETIC PAINTERS: Tom Early & Patrick Hayman – Installation Shots

Please enjoy these informal installation shots of our current exhibition: TWO POETIC PAINTERS – Tom Early & Patrick Hayman featuring works by two artists working in St Ives during the early 1950s. Whilst sharing a similar poetic vision in their painting, born within a year of each other the two artists came from very different backgrounds, pursued distinctly personal approaches, and, as far as we know, their paths rarely crossed in St Ives. And yet there is a something that unifies their work, and this exhibition explores these correspondences.

VIEW TOM EARLY WORKS

VIEW PATRICK HAYMAN WORKS

A little more about Sven, Belgrave and Tate

A re-visit to the Sven part of the ‘Dark Monarch’ exhibition in 2009 (Magic and Modernity in British Art at Tate St Ives)

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Sven Berlin's Owl In Flight 1988 has been produced as a postcard by Tate St Ives

When we heard of plans to re-issue Sven’s book ‘The Dark Monarch‘, we were happy to be able to include the launch of the book with the exhibition of works by Sven that we had been planning for some time. When we then heard some time later that Tate St Ives were planning to use the title of the book as the title for their Autumn exhibition, it made sense for us to time our show to coincide with theirs, and it has been good to have a chance to work more closely with their curatorial team here in St Ives.

Those of you who have seen the Tate St Ives exhibition will know that it includes several works by Sven, many of which are on loan from Belgrave Gallery. The beautiful, striking owl, which we have been showing in our window overlooking Fore Street in Gallery Two…

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SVEN BERLIN ‘Polymath’ – Installation

SVEN BERLIN ‘Polymath’ opened on Sat 7 Oct 2017 with a lively Private View, and has been very busy – St Ives thronging with visitors celebrating the full opening of the new Tate St Ives. The show here is being very well received, and it is great to have such a good number of Sven’s sculptures on display. There are also early drawings, voluptuous still lifes, glowing self portraits and Svenographic prints. We also have a display of books written by the artist. You can view the complete show on the gallery website by following this link.

ALICE MUMFORD Strategic Colour: PRESS RELEASE

New One-Person Exhibition:
ALICE MUMFORD Strategic Colour

11 Sept – 2 Oct 2017, Belgrave St Ives
Private View Sat 9 Sept 6 – 8pm

Light is Alice Mumford’s essential subject. She creates paintings that bathe you in the lazy heat of summer or the white light of a crispy winter’s morning.

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Belgrave St Ives is pleased to announce the sixth solo exhibition to be held in the gallery by the painter Alice Mumford. Thirty-four works have been especially created for this show. The artist asks the viewer to study and celebrate with her the importance of colour and how it can be used to picture the everyday ordinariness but also wonder of life. In one of her painting courses (she is regarded highly as a teacher of painting and excerpts can be found on online), she explains that people make the mistake in thinking that a photograph is a true depiction of something; she alludes to the fact that it is just one reality.

A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition with an essay by Dr Ian Massey.

Her work reflects the seasons. Here, Summer Heat on the Patio, Lesceave, Cornwall summons the optical effects of high summer, the way that motes swim and things momentarily appear to shimmer and dissolve as one narrows one’s gaze as it moves from shadow towards the glare of the sun. Frost and Early Morning Sun is equally though differently dramatic, its raked wintry light causing long bluish shadows whilst making hues in a bowl of fruit sharper. Quotes from great artists about colour accompany the following pages of the catalogue, and are selected to help look deeper into Alice’s work.

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“Colour! What a deep and mysterious language, the language of dreams.” Paul Gauguin – aside painting The Emerald Green Cloth. 

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“All colours arouse specific associative ideas…” Yves Klein – aside painting Chair and Two Blues.

Mumford is a painter who is entirely focused on her craft. Following training at Dartington, Camberwell, Southwark and Falmouth Colleges of Art, she has become one of the most accomplished painters currently working in Cornwall. After early successes with Cobra & Bellamy, Julian Lax and Badcocks Gallery, Mumford has been represented by Belgrave St Ives since 2005, during which time she has established herself as a pre-eminent painter of still life interiors that draw heavily on her own domestic life. Sansom & Co published a first monograph of her work in 2015.

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PHOTO CAPTIONS
Summer Days at Lesceave, Cornwall, Oil on canvas; 100 x 102 cm
The Emerald Green Cloth, Oil on canvas; 40 x 40 cms
Chair and Two Blues, Oil on canvas; 25 x 35 cms
Studio Shot of Alice Mumford

Further captioned images below

NOTES TO EDITORS
For further information and images, please contact Richard Blackborow: Belgrave St Ives, 22 Fore Street, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1HErichard@belgravestives.co.uk
tel.  01736 794888

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Spring Flowers Against the Light

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In the studio: still life set-up

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Summer’s Day, Lesceave, Cornwall

“Each colour is applied to the canvas in relation to the colours next to it. The painting becomes a living thing and calls out for the colour it want”, Neil Patterson.

ENDS

TERRY FROST A Book of Ideas

New One-Person Exhibition:

TERRY FROST A Book of Ideas Paintings and Collages from the Artist’s Large Format Work Book. 19 June – 15 July 2017. Private View 17 June 6 – 8pm.

A rare opportunity to view a selection of work from the artist’s large format work/sketch book – never previously exhibited.

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A Book of Ideas – Page 22, Acrylic; 46 x 37cm by Terry Frost

Following Terry Frost’s death in 2003, the studio contents were gradually relocated to a specially converted art store. Whilst archiving the artist’s collection some years later, a large format, cloth-bound sketchbook was discovered amongst the artist’s retained paintings and effects.

The richly illustrated volume contained over 50 paintings and collages. A number of these images were developed into known paintings or worked into recognisable print media editions, but some have remained as fascinating prototypes/imaginings of what might have been. Several of the artist’s favourite subjects are explored here, for example ‘Suspended Forms’, ‘Sun and Moon’ theme, the ‘Lorca’ series, etc. The book covers the period 1970s up to 1981.

We have selected a group of 32 individual works from the sketchbook to be mounted and framed for this exhibition. Mostly mixed media, all the works are a standard page size of 46 x 37cm single sheet and 46 x 74cm double sheet. The artworks have been reproduced for this exhibition catalogue in approximately the same sequence they appear in the original sketchbook, to follow the artist’s thought processes.

Sketchbook_Overview_smOver half the originals from the Book of Ideas are reproduced in an archival catalogue published to accompany the exhibition.

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A Book of Ideas – Page 7, Collage, gouache and oil pastel; 46 x 37cm by Terry Frost

SIR TERRY FROST RA (1915 – 2003)

Frost was born in Leamington Spa within a working class family. He was encouraged to paint by the artist Adrian Heath, a fellow captive, whilst a Prisoner of War in Germany. Frost moved to St Ives in 1947 and formed part of the group of younger artists (including Sven Berlin, W Barns-Graham and Bryan Wynter) attracted to the place by the cheaper living costs, better climate/light than much of the UK and the other artists already established in the area – Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson etc.

Quickly gaining recognition amongst his peers, Frost was awarded the Gregory Fellowship at Leeds University (1952). Teaching at Leeds College of Art, he later became Professor of Painting at Reading University (a position he held until retiring from Teaching in 1981).

Frost exhibited extensively in the UK and Overseas in both one person and significant group exhibitions. He was one of a small number of British Artists at the time with an international reputation. He was elected Royal Academician in 1992 and Knighted for his services to Art and Art Education in 1998. His work is in major private and public collections worldwide including Tate Gallery, Arts Council and British Council. There is also an extensive bibliography for the artist.

Best know for his exuberant and colourful abstract paintings, collages and prints, Terry Frost shared his zest for art and life with boundless energy and enthusiasm.

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Portrait of Terry Frost in his Newlyn studio c.1999, courtesy of the Artist’s Estate

BELGRAVE ST IVES

The gallery has a long association of working with the artist Terry Frost and subsequently with the Artist’s Estate. The artist’s first one-person show with the gallery was held in 1989.

The Belgrave Gallery was established in London in1974 and its sister gallery opened in St Ives in 1998, becoming independent as Belgrave St Ives in 2010. The gallery specialises in exhibiting Modern British and Contemporary Art with an emphasis on work produced in Cornwall.

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A Book of Ideas – Page 14/15, Gouache and graphite; 46 x 74cm by Terry Frost

NOTES TO EDITORS

For further information and images (and higher resolution), please contact Richard Blackborow: Belgrave St Ives, 22 Fore Street, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1HE richard@belgravestives.co.uk tel. 01736 794888

ENDS

Brian Rice: Paintings from the Artist’s Archive – Installation Shots

Our first show of this year’s busy exhibition season presents paintings and prints by Dorset-based artist Brian Rice, hanging – for the first time – across all gallery spaces. With works dating from 1953 to 2016, this represents a thorough overview of his long career, which started in the West Country but came to national attention in London during the ‘Swinging Sixties’. A subsequent post will present installation shots of the prints hanging in our second gallery across the way. The exhibition continues until 27 March 2017, and all works in the show can be viewed using the following links:

BRIAN RICE PAINTINGS  |  BRIAN RICE PRINTS