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Press Release | Exhibition of Breon O'Casey Prints at New Craftsman |19 October

Press Release

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Prints by Breon O'Casey
 with ceramics by Elspeth Owen

19 October to 16 November

Breon O'Casey | Untitled, 1997 | acrylic on paper 

This autumn, the New Craftsman Gallery presents a collection of exceptionally beautiful handmade prints by St Ives artist Breon O'Casey, in association with the artist's estate.

The New Craftsman's relationship with the artist goes back nearly 50 years, from the early 1970s until his death in 2011 at the age of 82. O'Casey moved to St Ives in 1959 and became assistant to sculptor Denis Mitchell, and later Barbara Hepworth, both of whom had a significant influence on the development of his work. Working from his studio above Porthmeor Beach, throughout his lifetime he was a prolific painter, printmaker, sculptor, weaver and jewellery maker. He went on to become an important figure in 20th Century British art and is known for his use of simple motifs and geometric shapes.

Also on show is a new collection of work by ceramicist Elspeth Owen. Her practice is focused on the tactile qualities of clay and the process of making, and her works are created using the simplest of methods, often pinched and hollowed from a ball of clay and fired at low temperature.

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Elspeth Owen ceramics

See the exhibition from 19 October to 16 November at New Craftsman Gallery, 24 Fore St, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1HE. 01736 795652 / /




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Breon O'Casey | Untitled 1997

Elspeth Owen ceramics

Editors Notes

New Craftsman St Ives

With an international reputation amongst art and craft collectors for its painting, sculpture and quality studio ceramics, the New Craftsman is regarded as one of the most important spaces for contemporary artists in St Ives. Founded in 1962 by Janet Leach, wife of Bernard Leach, it holds an unrivalled reputation as one of the country's leading art and craft venues. Now in its 55th year, the gallery's annual programme of mixed and solo exhibitions continues to support the work of Cornwall's and the UK's very best painters and craftspeople.

New Craftsman Gallery, 24 Fore Street, St. Ives, Cornwall TR26 1HE | Tel: +44 (0)1736 795652 ||


For further press information or additional images contact Mercedes Smith at Fine Art Communications / Tel 07825 270235 /