Art and Industry - Ardrossan to Millport

David McClure

03 Apr 2019 - 27 Apr 2019

We present an exhibition curated by Robin McClure Art and Industry-Ardrossan to Millport, David McClure RSA, RSW (1926-1998). This exhibition features selected works on paper from the 1950s.

'In his mature work David McClure is best known for his colourful, painterly still lifes and flower-pieces, his subject pictures of children's dreams or religious figures and later his nudes and studio interiors. Landscapes too were are a well-known part of his work, inspired by harbour scenes from the East Neuk of Fife or the East Coast fishing villages above Dundee and in later years he produced lyrical coastal landscapes of north-west Sutherland.

The bulk of this exhibition however comes from two spells of painting in the 1950s from two very different locations, both the result of awards the artist received following his graduation from Edinburgh College of Art in 1951 and his post-graduate year and Travelling Scholarship. The first group from 1954 comes from a period painting at Shell Petroleum’s refinery at Ardrossan in Ayrshire, while the second is from the winter of 1955/6 when he was painting on Millport on the small island of Great Cumbrae on the Clyde.' Robin McClure, 2019.

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