Louise McCLARY

Louise McCLARY

Louise McClary was born in Penzance and studied at the Penzance School of Art for a year. She opened her studio at St Ives in 1988, and quickly became both well-known and well-regarded for her person-centred abstract paintings, sometimes rendered in series. She has an impressive record of solo exhibitions from 1989 to the present, hosted by galleries in Cornwall, Plymouth and beyond.

She was elected a member of the NSA, and also an associate of the Penwith Gallery, St Ives. She now lives with her family on the Lizard near Helston, and maintains a large working studio there, situated in a quirky and fascinating Artist's Garden - not only full of plants, but also naturalist installations.


Painter in acrylic

works and access

Works incl:  Up the Creek (1992 at Cornwall Council); Hymn to Ra (2001) RCHT; To a Dancing God; Fragmento

Access to works: Cornwall Council; Hypatia Collection of Women's Art, Trevelyan House, Penzance; Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust


Penzar Gallery, Penzance (solo) 1987

Eye Gallery, Bristol 1988

Salthouse Gallery, St Ives 1988

Spaced Gallery, Exeter 1991

Gordon Hepworth Gallery, Newton St Cyres 1991

Marsden Fine Art, Smiths Galleries 1993

Beaux Arts, Bath 1991 onwards

New Street Gallery, Plymouth 1991 owards

2011: 'The Female Perspective' Group show, Chapel Gallery, Gulval, April-May

2018: Tremenheere Gallery, Penzance (3-24 June)


NSA 1995

Penwith Gallery (Associate)


Buckman (2006) Dictionary of Artists in Britain since 1945

Hardie (1995) 100 Years in Newlyn: Diary of a Gallery

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

Whybrow (1994) Studio St Ives: Artists in their Workplace (artist's statement & photo)

Whybrow (2013) St Ives: The Story of Porthmeor Studios;