Yesterday I visited the Newlyn Gallery to see the Breon O'Casey retrospective. The exhibition, which has been curated by O'Casey's daughter Duibhne Gough, is one of the best I have seen at Newlyn.
If you were only familiar with O'Casey's paintings you could be underwhelmed by his naive style. However this exhibition brings together his paintings, sculptures, jewellery, weaving and prints, and you can only be impressed by the way in which he developed his own lexicon of symbols to produce an astonishing breadth of work. Some of the smaller items are amongst the most exquisite - although this is not easily reflected in photographs.
The Newlyn is relaxed about photography in the gallery and so, rather than writing at length, below is a selection of photographs which give a taste of the exhibition:
The Breon O'Casey exhibition is on until 28th April - Go along, if you can. There is an informative short booklet accompanying the exhibition by Ruth Golding (cost £10). See also my earlier post about O'Casey and Barbara Hepworth.