Daphne McClure is widely known for her naive depictions of life in Cornwall, drawing on its artistic heritage and its working fishing ports.
Born in Helston, Cornwall, Daphne studied art at Central St Martins, London. After working as a costume designer for the Royal Opera House, Daphne returned to Cornwall in 1976 to settle in Porthleven. Yet as beautiful as the surrounding landscape was, it did not at first entice her to paint it. Daphne has always been drawn to unconventional subject matter. It was only (after ten years) when a friend showed her an aerial photograph of the area, that the blocks of colour and different textures created by the unkempt fields, tilled farmland and dissecting hedgerows, struck a chord with Daphne, and she yielded to the aesthetic pull of the land.
Her Levant Mine series was exhibited with Jonathan Clarke, London 1994.
In 1995 Tate St Ives commissioned McClure to paint a work for its inaugural exhibition.
Daphne’s most recent solo show was in August 2015 at the Penwith Gallery. Her artwork is also shown in the Members shows throughout the year.