Abstract painting by Louise McClary

Louise McClary


About Louise

Louise McClary was born in Cornwall and studied at the Penzance School of Art. Over thirty years, she has developed a career as one of the area’s most respected contemporary painters, drawing influence from a cultural backdrop of 20th century landscape painting, poetry and the decorative arts. Intense veils of colour, fluid shapes and a peculiar brilliance of light define her paintings, which respond to the unique landscape of Cornwall’s Lizard Peninsula, a luxuriously tranquil place of closely wooded valleys and tidal creeks. Working from plein air sketches, her studio practice is process led and heavily influenced by the instinctive laying down of mark and colour
in an emotive response to her subject.

Louise was elected to the Newlyn Society of Artists in 1994 and is a recipient of an Arts Council of England award. Her work has been exhibited in Truro, Bath, London, Glasgow and New York, and is held in private and public collections in the UK and abroad.

“The landscape on my doorstep will feed me for ever. How it lights a torch within, to have that connection with this place”.
Louise McClary, 2020

Selected Works

The quickening day

The blue sea is sudden

Reflected silence

A flood of stillness

Liquid dark

Between a ripple & a storm

Clouds lie in water

Luminary dusk

Broken in air

Louise Mcclary


1958 Born Penzance, Cornwall
1974-76 Trained at Penzance School of Art
1976-81 Head Decorator, Troika Pottery, Newlyn
1990-95 Tenant at Porthmeor Studios, St. Ives
1993 Elected member of the Newlyn Society of Artists
1995-2020 Resident at private studio and artists garden on the Lizard Peninsula


2018 Selected Works Tremenheere Gallery, Penzance
2017 ‘Featured Artist’ Artwave West, Dorset
2012 ‘Your Green Voice’ Kestle Barton, Manaccan, Cornwall
2012 ‘Into the Morning Green’ Adam Gallery, London & Bath
2010 ‘The Nature of Silence’ Millennium Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall
2008 Selected Works Cadogan Contemporary Gallery, London


2007 ‘Silent Songs’ Bohun Gallery, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
2006 ‘Echoes’ Waterhouse & Dodd, Cork Street, London
2005 ‘Stations of the Cross’ Truro Cathedral, Cornwall
2003 ‘Transition 4’ Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall


2018 ‘Seen Unseen’ curated by Melanie Millar, Long & Ryle Gallery, London
2018 ‘Summer show’ Belgrave Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall
2016 ‘Serpentine’ Falmouth Art Gallery
2012 Summer Show Wills Lane Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall
2012 ‘RA Summer Show’ at the invitation of Tess Jaray, Royal Academy, London
2011 ‘Discerning Eye’ invited artist at Mall Galleries, London
2009 ‘A Cornish Perspective’ Jean Monnet House, Westminster, London
2008 ‘Drawing the Line’ Newlyn Society of Artists, Cornwall
2004 ‘Presence’ St. Paul’s Cathedral, London
2004 ‘Cornish Show’ Edgar Modern, Bath
2004 ‘Colour & Light’ John Martin, Chelsea, London
2003 ‘Critic’s Choice’ curated by Joan Bakewell, Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall
2001 ‘Objects of Desire’ Lemon Street Gallery, Truro, Cornwall


Louise is represented by
Long and Ryle, London UK






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