Daphne McClure

Daphne McClure (British, b. 1930)

Daphne McClure was born in Cornwall, and studied at Redruth Art School, and later at the Central School of Art. After periods working in London and Oxford, where one of her first major shows took place at the Playhouse, she returned to Cornwall in 1976. Her major venture since moving back has been to paint parts of West Penwith in series, while she is also known for her delicate still lives and interiors; her work sometimes verges on abstraction. She is a member of the Newlyn Society of Artists, and had work commissioned for the opening of Tate St Ives. Perhaps the strongest influences of her work, especially since her return to Cornwall, are the paintings of Peter Lanyon, in their fusion of perspectives, and of Alfred Wallis, in their raw elemental power. In 2005 she was Artist in Residence at the Josef Albers Foundation in Connecticut.

This watercolour demonstrates both McClure’s delicacy and her powerful sense of balance, with its strong lines and colour contrasts, together with its searching, impressionistic central stems that are suggestive of Winifred Nicholson.