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Art and Industry – Ardrossan to Millport

03 April 2019 - 28 April 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.

David McClure

Meet the Artist

Born: 1926
Place of Birth: Lochwinnoch
Died: 1998

David McClure was born in Lochwinnoch in 1926. He enrolled at Edinburgh College of Art in 1947, from which point he was to be associated with a group of highly regarded young painters including James Cumming, William Baillie, John Houston, Elizabeth Blackadder and David Michie.
McClure’s work sits solidly within that well-documented tradition of 20th century Scottish Painting characterised by strength of colour and confident handling of paint. As a bold and inspired colourist McClure had few equals. He 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 a significant part of his work, inspired by harbour scenes from the East Neuk of Fife or the East Coast fishing villages above Dundee. In later years he produced lyrical coastal landscapes of north-west Sutherland.

 


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