Reflected Silence -

OPENS 16th March 2019

Opening event - all welcome 4pm - 6.30pm

Paintings - Louise Mc Clary

A Cold Spring - Louise Mc CLARY

A Cold Spring - Louise Mc CLARY


About the work and Artist

The Cromford gallery's new show 'Reflected Silence' exhibits the work of fine Artist Louise Mc Clary.
The exhibition brings together a collection of beautiful, soft and vibrant abstracted work. Born in Cornwall where she lives and works and from where she draws inspiration for her canvases. Painted in soft colours and tones with titles such as Enter this Bright New Day and Storm Roaming the Land they evoke the elements and countryside she observes every day. Public collections include Cornwall County Council. 2003 Arts Council of England Awards.

‘ I have lived and have my studio in my garden near the upper reaches of the Helford river in Cornwall for the last 24 years, I am surrounded by many aspects of nature that constantly feed me, being inspired both by the rural landscape directly out side my door and the creeks with estuarial mud flats that lie 5 mins down hill from my home, the creeks are lined with ancient oak trees, which are particularly twisted and gnarled sending an incredible lattice work of shapes into the sky, sometimes reflected into the water ..

All this then in turn informs my work, so I go out wandering sometimes with sketch book and or watercolours and record what I see, at other times simply walking and looking is enough. Back in the studio these plain air sketches are no longer referred to, they have served their purpose to help me internalise my landscape. So begins the work of distilling and fragmenting what has been seen and felt, into a more abstracted ‘feeling ‘ landscape. Poetry is something that has also been part of my world that sits alongside the gathering of information in my store tank if you like ..

To give a bit more feeling of the creek I would like to describe more fully how it can be and how it can fill ones body with awe.
The creek itself can be shrouded in a deep shade in the first part of the morning then slowly the sun arrives, tops of the trees become lit up, but half still shrouded, caught between light and unlight. When the sun finally gets in fully there is total illumination, everything begins to take on a brilliance, traps everything to itself, fallen trees have become trapped in mud resembling bones of a whale or some prehistoric mammal.

The Helford esturial mud has its own unique quality somehow, I am always constantly amazed at its forever changing colours, never simply brown, but can look like skin ..or sometimes purple to blue tones, along with the channels cut by the tide forming big egg like shapes. Many water birds frequent these tidal inlets, and there is always some song on the wind, be it of curlews, or shell ducks with their splash of burnt Sienna on their wing.’ - Louise Mc Clary 2019

The exhibition continues until April 27th. The gallery is open (11-5pm) Friday & Saturday and 11-4.30pm Sundays.