Ithell Colquhoun (1906-1988), an artist drawn by the ‘Gaelic melodies’ of West Penwith, captured the beauty of nature in her paintings and writing from the solitude of her refuge, a simple hut in the Lamorna Valley. Colquhoun’s art combined naturalistic painting with experiments in surrealism and abstraction. She worked in many media and ventured into techniques such as decalcomania, frottage and fumage. This, the first exhibition in a public gallery since her death, shows an intriguing selection of pictures spanning her six decade artistic career, with particular emphasis on her work on the human in nature.
Gallery 1: a selection of Newlyn School and Lamorna Group paintings in the other downstairs galleries. A selection of Topographical prints and paintings in Gallery 5.
Watch a short film, made in 2013, of how a group of artists drew inspiration from Ithell Colquhoun’s art: click here
Penlee House is a beautiful art gallery and museum, set within sub-tropical gardens, with a great café.Discover More
Our vibrant exhibition programme celebrates the nationally important art and history of West Cornwall.Discover More
From school visits to family activities, talks and walks, there are plenty of learning opportunities at Penlee House.Discover More
Enjoy a delicious lunch or coffee at the Orangery Café, and support us by purchasing unique gifts in our shop.Discover More