Most of us associate Cornwall with mining and Doc Martin. But since learning about Alfred Wallis I’ve done some research and discovered a rich history of naive art in Cornwall inspired by the paintings of Wallis. So let’s have a look at some of these painters. Being Cornish, seascapes figure predominantly in their works. However, as I’m focusing in my Painting the Town videos on painting cottages I have chosen to show examples that enhance this subject matter. We can return at a later date to look at seascapes.
Ben Nicholson (1894-1982)
Ben Nicholson lived in Cornwall From 1939 to 1958. Nicholson started the revolution in Cornish art and used the work of Alfred Wallis to establish his naive vision and famous artists'colony in St Ives. I will feature some of these artists in a future Blog.
Christopher Wood (1901-1930)
Jack Pender (1918-1998)
Jack Pender's subject-matter was largely his home fishing village of Mousehole (pronounced mousel I think), its boats and people. When very young Pender had sat alongside Christopher Wood, watching him paint 'PZ134'. Pender's paintings have an abstract quality.
Fred Yates (1922-1980)
Fred Yates lived in Manchester before moving to Cornwall. He painted in a similar style to my hero Lawrence Lowry. But let’s look at a painting of his Cornish cottages.
Bryan Pearce (1929-2007)
Bryan’s mother Mary Warrington was also a painter but I haven’t located any images of her paintings.
Joan Gillchrest (nee Scott) (1918-2008)
I hope you have enjoyed this tiny view of Cornish painters. If you would like to read more here is an article on the St Ives School of painting. https://schoolofpainting.co.uk/about-us/514-2/