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MEET: Glyn Macey by Larissa Robinson-Joice of www.giggleicious-photography.co.uk


When I was 21 I walked into a gallery called “Out Of The Blue”’ in Marazion, Cornwall. I was fresh out of college and my head was full of dreams. I walked into the tiny white washed gallery, in an old building with wonky floor boards with holes you could peek through, I fell in love. I vowed one day I would own such a place.


18 years on and with life having taken a different path, I was back in Marazion again and returned to “Out Of The Blue”. It hadn’t changed that much. Still white paint and floor boards but I am sure there were more paintings on the walls and crafts on shelves. It was somehow more colourful.


As I wandered around I ended up in front of a painting. It was a


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small, bright, blue painting of the sea with tiny pebbles and sand on it. I was blown away but its colour and deviation from the norm of Cornish sail boats and sea gulls. It made me want to paint again. I wanted to open up a little gallery by the sea and spend my summers with sand between my toes.


I babbled at the man behind the counter about my journey to “Out Of The Blue”’ and how much I loved the little blue painting. “Oh that’s one of mine” he said and that was how I met Glyn Macey.


Can you tell us a little bit about your painting background? I went to Falmouth and studied Graphic Design but I’ve always painted. I was brought up in Newlyn and was surrounded by the Newlyn


School artists such as Walter Langley and Stanhope Forbes. I have always had a love for typography and had to ask myself how I could be creative and make a living so graphic design was the answer.


Did you have an inspiration to paint when you were young? It started when I was really small with The Newlyn School artists. I used to see their paintings around every corner and then go home and paint 10 year old versions of them. Also … my art teacher was John Piper.


What or who inspires you now? As many Cornish artists say, the light in Cornwall is an inspiration. But to me, mixed media and collage are very exciting. You can get so much more out of them than a straight oil or water colour. As fine as those


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