Our next exhibitions are:
PADRAIG MAC MIADHACHAIN
A Life of Painting
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.
Following early career scholarships to Russia and Poland, Mac Miadhacháin made almost annual painting journeys to Argentina, Mexico, Uruquay, Canary Islands, Ibiza and Ireland. The experiences of travel and the discovery of alternative cultures fed into his work directly, and several paintings in this exhibition illustrate these various cultural references. However, Dorset remained the artist's mainstay throughout the seven decades of his artistic life, and he was always excited to return there to see the place afresh.
This retrospective exhibition is the first attempt to view Mac Miadhacháin's work in 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.
This exhibition will be showing in the main gallery.
Barbara Hepworth produced two sets of lithographs with the Curwen Press, including The Aegean Suite, 1971, which developed Hepworth's fascination with Greece and made links between geometric forms and sites associated with its ancient culture. Drawing on impressions formed by her trip to to the country in 1954 with friend and patron, Margaret Gardiner, Hepworth also infused the works with references to the Greek landscape.
This exhibition wil be showing in Gallery Two, just across from the main gallery.
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Belgrave St Ives specialises in Modern British and Contemporary Art. There is an emphasis on work by artists associated with Cornwall from the 1930s to the present time. The gallery is the only private art gallery in Cornwall showing regular exhibitions of work by major artists associated with the St Ives Modern Period as well as exhibitions of works by other select Modern British and Contemporary Artists. The gallery works with a number of artists, artists’ estates, collectors and other galleries, to produce an annual programme of changing monthly one-person and themed exhibitions usually accompanied by published material.
Located in the heart of historic and picturesque St Ives, the gallery is situated very close to the Barbara Hepworth Museum. Opened in 1998 as sister gallery to Belgrave Gallery (est. London 1974), the St Ives gallery became independent in 2010. The gallery aims to present exhibitions in an informative and friendly manner and the staff are always happy to discuss all aspects of art on display. In addition to gallery exhibitions, Belgrave St Ives has an active online presence (website, blog, Facebook) and holds a large inventory of art not on show that can easily be arranged for viewing by interested visitors.
Gallery team: Michael Gaca (Director), Richard Blackborow, Dominica Williamson and Milly Freeman.