Daphne McClure was born in Helston, Cornwall, in 1930. She attended the Hornsey College of Art and the Central School of Art before working at the Royal Opera House in 1976. After a brief spell there she returned home to Cornwall where she now paints full time from her studio.
In 1995 she was commissioned by the Tate Gallery in St Ives, to design a piece of work to exhibit for its first exhibition. Her work is now widely recognised and has become extremely desirable and found in many private collections worldwide. In 2005 she was invited to Connecticut, USA, for an artist’s residency at the Josef Albers Foundation.
Daphne’s paintings display an expressive handling of the subject and its emotional intensity. Her work draws on the rich artistic heritage of Cornwall whilst still maintaining a contemporary and painterly feel. Her current home is in Penzance and provides the inspiration behind her latest and in many ways her most quintessential work.