Extra - Spring 2001 Issue

The University of Exeter's Newsletter

The Ancient Lane

AN exhibition of the work of Cornish artist Margo Maeckelberghe, entitled The Ancient Lane, takes place in Reed Hall from 4-29 June. The paintings are evocative of her native Cornwall. Romantic and rugged coastlines are captured on canvas in dramatic style portraying atmospheric conditions using space and colour. The land and seascape of Cornwall is the vital force in her painting. 'I don't paint places but try to show the thrust of a wave or the feel of the horizon,' she says. 'A painting has to...harness and structure the way that the land meets the force of another element, the sea.'

Ms Maeckelberghe turned down a place at the Slade in London to study at the Penzance School of Art and later at the Bath Academy of Art, Corsham. Her tutors included William Scott, Peter Lanyon, Bryan Winter, Terry Frost and Kenneth Armitage. She is a member of the Newlyn School of Artists, and the Chair of the Penwith School of Artists. She became a Cornish Bard in 1997. Beside significant representation in private collections throughout the world, her works feature in many public collections, among which are included the V&A Museum, Toronto University and the Kunst Museum, Berlin.