Glyn Macey was born in Newlyn, Cornwall in 1969.
He completed his HND in Graphic Design at Falmouth School of
Art in 1991.
Since leaving college, he has lived in Penzance, Cornwall, his
work developing in response to the unique environment of West
Cornwall. He also worked as a successful designer until 1998
when he 'retired' from designing in order to devote his time
solely to painting. Glyn Macey's paintings can be seen in many
collections world-wide and his design work is found in many major
high street retailers. 2001 saw the publication worldwide of
posters by The Art Group and limited edition silkscreens by CCA
He can often be found roaming the harbours, moorland and coast
of his native West Cornwall, sketchbook in hand recording the
details of daily Cornish life and history. Such sketches are
in turn used as the basis for the studio paintings.
Using acrylic, mixed media and an array of mark making techniques
he endeavours to capture the underlying essence of the landscape,
the essence that shapes the landscape and the people who live
He says, "The West Cornwall Peninsula is both punished
and blessed, reflecting as it does, the mood of the Atlantic
that surrounds and shapes its shore. It is a land to which history
clings, an unforgiving place that does not give up its treasures
lightly, but to the persistent, its rewards are great."
Many people see a continental look to his paintings. This is
explained by his many visits to the South of France, Spain and
Closer to Glyn's Cornish home, the summer landscape of West
Cornwall has the same Continental feel. "Stand on the causeway
to St. Michael's Mount, and look back to Marazion, the houses
painted in pastel pinks, blues and creams, the balustrades and
palms; you could be in the South of France - only better...".
Glyn uses acrylic, pencil and collage to gain the spontaneity
of his work and the 'happy accidents' that he loves. By building
and glazing colour he is able to gain a rich depth.
He believes that the unexpected unity of colour and texture
in mixed media can often create the most exciting results.