Jeremy LE GRICE

Jeremy LE GRICE
1936
2012

Jeremy LeGrice has been painting in West Cornwall for over fifty years.  100 Years in Newlyn, Diary of a Gallery (1995) reflects his deep involvement and love for the area. It includes photo likenesses, illustrations and a summary of the work of the Gallery from his perspective. He has exhibited widely, locally, nationally and internationally; in 1995 he was a residential painting fellow at Worpswede, Germany in the art colony there. 

In 2006 he held a major retrospective exhibition of paintings created since early childhood at the Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro, Cornwall, which was accompanied by the book LeGrice at Seventy. In it he tells of his pupillage with George Peter LANYON at Carbis Bay in the 1950s, his time at the Slade School, his first marriage to fellow Slade student, Mary STORK, his friendship in Cornwall with his neighbouring artist Karl WESCHKE, the re-settling in Cornwall after years away in the Cotwolds with his second wife, designer Lyn LE GRICE, and his continued steady output of abstracted mood and movement based on the natural environments around him. He served for a number of years as the outspoken Chairman of the Trustees of the Newlyn Art Gallery, after serving also for many years on the Council of Management of NAG.

In August, 2012, he died at home of cancer, after some long months of decline.  His funeral was held at the Parish Church of St Buryan in West Cornwall, and the wake followed at the Newlyn Art Gallery, to which his family as a whole have given so much over many years.

media

Painter

works and access

Works include: Mining Country; Still Life, Grapefruit and Black (1963, CC); Nets (2010) Newlyn Arts Festival; The Punt

Access to works: Plymouth City Art Gallery, Cornwall Council (CC)

See website: jeremy@blue-earth.co.uk for further information

exhibitions

NAG Mixed exhibitions from 1950s

Twenty Cornish Artists (RCPS & Falmouth Art Group) 1958

Celtic Vision 1988

Century of Art in Cornwall 1889-1989

Private Views 1992

Falmouth Art Gallery 20 Years of Contemporary Art at Falmouth Art Gallery 1980-2000 2000

WCAA Founding Art Auction (Donor) Queens Hotel, Penzance, April 2004

Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro (major retrospective exhibition) LeGrice at Seventy 2006

Newlyn Arts Festival, Open Art Exhibition, NAG 2010

2017: Jeremy Le Grice - A New Survey, Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens Gallery, Penzance (30 Sept-12 Nov)

Many exhibitions elsewhere in UK

memberships

NSA

NAG Trustees (Current Chairman 2009)

references

Personal: 'Jeremy Le Grice, Newlyn' in Obituaries, Thursday, August 16, 2012, The Cornishman

Brittain, Sarah and Cook, Simon (2001) Behind the Canvas, 40 Artists working in West Cornwall;

Cornishman 18 Nov 2010 'Arts Festival begins with a bang' (Newlyn's 4th Annual Arts Festival), F Ruhrmund, reviewer

Falmouth Art Gallery (2000) 20 Years of Contemporary Art at Falmouth Art Gallery 1980-2000 (Exhibition catalogue)

Hardie (1995) 100 Years in Newlyn: Diary of a Gallery (includes memoir by LeGrice about the NAG & NSA from the 1950s to 1995, pp111,121)

Le Grice (2008) The First Eleven: St Ives Artists (Delivered at the Royal Cornwall Institution, Truro, as a Charles Thomas lecture 11 Oct 2008; Issued as booklet)

Public Catalogue Foundation (2007) Cornwall & IOS, Oil Paintings in Public Ownership;

RCM with L LeGrice (2006) LeGrice at Seventy (autobiographical Exhibition catalogue with col pl & illustrated text)