- December 4th 2021 - January 24th 2022
Isabella Maclure (1953-2020) – A Celebration
Isabella Maclure’s posthumous exhibition has been delayed due to the pandemic but reveals a late-starting artist of true talent and polish. A student at the lamented Redbrick Art Academy in Batley, her works are sure to appeal to lovers of the ‘2nd St. Ives School’ although their marine depths are entirely individual.
For over three decades, Isabella was a highly innovative, inspirational and caring teacher of Art in secondary schools on Merseyside and in Wetherby. She also worked for two examination boards, moderating students’ coursework at GCSE, GNVQ and Advanced Level. She rose to the position of Principal Examiner for Applied Art for OCR Examination Board.
It was upon retirement that Isabella was able to focus on her own art. Initially, she joined a life drawing class in York, but it was attending a course run by the renowned artist, Tom Wood, that proved to be the catalyst for her artistic development. She joined the Redbrick Art Academy, where her individual approach was nurtured and flourished under Tom’s tutelage.
Her fascination for coastal scenes dominated her output, although she enjoyed life drawing and always aimed to capture the essence of her subjects. Her intuitive grasp of form, texture and colour resulted in a variety of styles. Her energy and commitment produced a prolific body of work in a comparatively short period of time.
Isabella held exhibitions in the Camden Gallery in the Cotswolds, together with galleries in York, Halifax and Redbrick Mill. Isabella won the First Prize in an Open Exhibition held in the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull.