Arts: Painter Blessed with `a Child's Eye' at 75; ANGLESEY: Artist Looks Back on Career Influenced by Kokoschka

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Arts: Painter Blessed with `a Child's Eye' at 75; ANGLESEY: Artist Looks Back on Career Influenced by Kokoschka


Byline: HANNAH JONES Arts & Media Editor

THE great expressionist Oskar Kokoschka acknowledged his young pupil was moved by curiosity.

As Ishbel McWherter's mentor and teacher from the age of 19, Kokoschka would direct from afar, allowing her to paint at her London digs and then present her work to him so that he could deconstruct them in his inimitable fashion.

He would tell her that she painted with a serene remoteness and restrain that he simply deemed ``lovely''.

Now 75 and settled in Anglesey, McWherter reflects on those days with the avant-garde expressionist with fondness. ``He wasn't an easy man,'' she says. ``He expected the best out of you but I don't want to say he was really demanding.

``I mean he wouldn't be looking over my shoulder or anything like that.

``He'd let me get on with it and expect to see the best I could possibly come up with in a seminar-like environment.''

Her teacher encouraged McWherter to use more colour in her matriarchal portraiture which then, like today, sparingly uses broad brush strokes.

``When I'm doing portraits I like to capture more than just their heads.

``I've done a few of Kyffin [Williams] and I've got one on the go now, but I'm having a terrible job with the background,'' she says.

``But I'm still fascinated by faces, by people, by the way they sit, lean or slump. I try to get that all in.''

Her humanism as an artist also extends to her landscapes and her studies of flowers, stylistically broad and intri-cate. Hers is a revelatory art, one which beautifully marries a technical ability with a simplified statement of intent.

Critics claim that whatever aspect of life she records she illuminates it with a highly sophisticated language based upon form, line and structure.

In the words of the poet and lifelong friend of Kokoschka, the roots of her talents are easily defined. ``The child's unerring, uncorruptable eye (that) was hers at the beginning and is with her still.''

Pupil

MCWHERTER was born in London, the daughter of a Welsh mother and a Scottish father and spent her childhood in North Wales, later attending AS Neill's progressive boarding school Summerhill in London. …

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