Glyn Macey

Glyn Macey was born in Newlyn, Cornwall in 1969. He completed his HND in Graphic Design at Falmouth School of Art in 1991 and worked as a successful designer producing work for Cyclops Records, HM Government, Midland Bank and many more. In 1998 he 'retired' from designing in order to devote his time solely to painting.

 

Since leaving college, Glyn has lived in Penzance, Cornwall and his work has developed in response to the unique West Cornish environment. He can often be found roaming the harbours, moorland and coast, sketchbook in hand recording the details of daily Cornish life and history. Such sketches are, in turn, used as the basis for the studio paintings. "The West Country peninsula is both punished and blessed, reflecting as it does, the mood of the Atlantic that surrounds & shapes its shore. It is a land to which history clings, an unforgiving place that does not give up its treasures lightly, but to the persistent, its rewards are great."

 

Using mixed media and an array of mark making techniques he endeavours to capture the underlying essence of the landscape, the essence that shapes the landscape and the people who live in it. Glyn uses acrylic, pencil and collage to gain the spontaneity of his work and the 'happy accidents' that he loves. By building and glazing colour he is able to gain a rich depth.

 

Many people see a continental look to his paintings. This is explained by his many visits to the South of France, Spain and the Mediterranean although closer to Glyn's Cornish home, the summer landscape of West Cornwall has the same Continental feel. He says "stand on the causeway to St. Michael's Mount, and look back to Marazion, the houses are painted in pastel pinks, blues and creams, the balustrades and palms; you could be in the South of France - only better…".

        

 

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