ithell colquhoun magician born of nature
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solo exhibitions Note: the Exeter (1972), Newlyn (1976), and Parkin (1977) catalogues refer to a 1939 exhibition at the London Gallery. It was, in fact, held at the Mayor Gallery. It was arranged by ELT Mesens of the London Gallery but held at the Mayor Gallery so that Mesens could extend his current show of Picasso at the London Gallery. 1936 Cheltenham, Municipal Art Gallery. 8 February - 7 March. Exhibition of Decorations, Paintings and Drawings. Ninety one items. 1936 London, Fine Art Society. 4 – 11 November. Exotic Plant Decorations. Catalogue introduction by Frank Rutter. Twenty five items. ca.1937 London, Heal's Mansard Gallery. 20 October - ? Exotic Plant Decorations. No catalogue known. 1938 London, Whiteley's. No catalogue known. 1938 London, The Everyman Theatre Foyer. No catalogue known. 1939 London, Mayor Gallery. 9 – 24 June. Sixteen items 1947 London, Mayor Gallery. 5 - 29 March. Exhibition of Paintings by Ithell Colquhoun. Catalogue introduction by E Hartley Ramsden. Twenty one items. 1947 London, Mayor Gallery. 3 – 24 December. Exhibition of Drawings by Ithell Colquhoun. Twenty three items. 1953 Cambridge, Heffer Gallery. 20 April – 9 May. Ithell Colquhoun. Paintings and Drawings 1942-1953. Catalogue introduction by Lawrence Alloway. Forty seven items. 1957 London, Gallery 1. 4-25 June. Ithell Colquhoun: Exhibition of Paintings in Gouaches and Coloured Inks. Twenty two items. 1961 Penzance, Newlyn Art Gallery. 2 – 27 October. Ithell Colquhoun: Retrospective Exhibition of Oil Paintings. Forty items. 1967 Penzance, Newlyn Art Gallery. 25 September - 10 October. Ithell Colquhoun: Constructions and Collages. Thirty six items. 1969 Berlin. Kunstamt Wilmersdorf. September. Ithell Colquhoun: Paintings. Twenty five items. 1969 Hamburg, Gallerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst. 29 October – 24 November. Ithell Colquhoun: Constructions and Collages. Twenty eight items. 1970 Bristol, Bristol Arts Centre. 11 July – 1 August. Ithell Colquhoun: Paintings, Constructions, Collages. Sixty two items. 1971 Penzance, Newlyn Art Gallery. 12 – 24 July. Ithell Colquhoun: Montages, Gouaches, Collages. Forty items. 1972 Exeter, Museum and Art Gallery. 26 September– 21 October. Ithell Colquhoun: Paintings, Collages and Drawings. Catalogue introduction by Andrew McLaren Young. Sixty five items. 1973 Penzance, Orion Gallery. 4-22 September. Ithell Colquhoun: Flower and Plant Paintings. Thirty items. 1974 London, Leva Gallery. 29 October – 16 November. Ithell Colquhoun: An Exhibition of Surrealist Paintings and Drawings from 1930-1950. Thirty five items. 1976 Penzance, Newlyn Art Gallery. 27 February - 23 March. Ithell Colquhoun: Surrealism, Paintings, Drawings, Collages 1936-76. Catalogue introduction by John Halkes and with an autobiographical essay by the artist. Eighty seven items. 1977 Penzance, Newlyn Art Gallery. 26 July – 13 August. The Taro as Colour. Seventy eight cards mounted in five frames, consisting of the four suits and the major arcana. 1977 London, The Parkin Gallery. 9 November - 3 December. Ithell Colquhoun: Paintings and Drawings 1930-40. Catalogue introduction by Michael Parkin. Fifty five items. 1980 Penzance, The Framers Gallery. 6 – 17 May. Ithell Colquhoun: Early Watercolours and Gouaches. Thirty five items. 1980 Torrington, The Plough Gallery. 29 October – 29 November. Ithell Colquhoun: Early Watercolours and Gouaches. Twenty items, being those that were unsold at the earlier exhibition at the Framer’s Gallery. 1981 Penzance, The Framer’s Gallery. 26 May – 9 June. Ithell Colquhoun: Flowers – Early and Late. Thirty seven items. 2016 Penzance, Penlee House Gallery and Museum. 15 January – 19 March. Ithell Colquhoun: Image and Imagination. Thirty items. 2019-20 London, Viktor Wynd Gallery 18 September-1 March 2020. Ithell Colquhoun: Surrealism, Occultism and Sexuality. Eighteen works
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