Mike McInnerney: Ebb & Flow

Image Credit: Mike McInnerney 'Trenarth Bridge, Porth Navas June 4 sunny intervals, heavy showers 14c - low tide.' Gouache on paper 420mm x 594mm

Kestle Barton, Manaccan, Helston, Cornwall TR12 6HU

01326 231811

Saturday 15 July 2017 – Sunday 03 September 2017
Opening Hours: 10:30am - 5pm

In a process that has encompassed storms and seasickness, Mike McInnerney set out to paint the tidal waters and banks of the Helford River and its seven creeks for our summer show titled Ebb & Flow (15 July – 3 September).

The artist’s interest in nature as a subject for work was prompted eight years ago by discovering Vanaprastha, a Hindu term for the third of four important life stages towards an ascetic life. ‘It is a word that literally means “retiring into the forest” and as I was sixty-five it seemed appropriate,’ explains McInnerney.

McInnerney studied graphic design at the London College of Printing, now the London College of Communication, and left in 1966 to take up the post of Art Editor at the counterculture newspaper International Times. Professional practice, spanning forty-three years, has been varied, from painting shop fronts to stage sets, producing conceptual illustration for magazines and newspapers, making posters, textile designs, record covers and book covers to exhibiting and teaching.

Ebb & Flow will offer a series of new works on paper painted, primarily in gouache, on-site over an average of three hours each. McInnerney describes his method of working in this way: ‘The work develops abstract brush marks into factual descriptions and is a primary example of improvised making with a risk of failure.’ 

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