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Born in Devonport in 1855 Alfred Wallis moved to St. Ives with his family in 1894 where after the death of his wife, he became an amateur painter. He was ‘discovered’ by Ben Nicholson and Christopher Wood in the nineteen-twenties and is thought to have influenced the ‘primitive’ movement.
This book gives his family history with family trees, photographs and a map of Devonport in the late nineteen century. Information has been taken from Wallis’s letters, the books of Sven Berlin and Edwin Mullins, and the tape recordings of those who remembered him made by Dr. Roger Slack. Wallis’s letters hold pride of place and although it would be reasonable to suppose that these would give definitive information this is not necessarily the case.
AUTHOR Peter Barnes-
PUBLISHED BY Peter Barnes 1997
22 x 30 cm 25 pages Combed and Bound A4
A collection of potted biographies, with an illustration, of the middle generation of artists who started to arrive in St. Ives from the late 1930s.
These include: Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Sandra Blow, Becky Borman, Kelvin Bowers, Margrit Clegg, Mary Fletcher, Nan Frankel, Patrick Haughton, Sax Impey, Barbara Karn, Martin Lanyon, Ffiona Lewis, Paddy Macmiadhachain, John Miller. Rachel Nicholson, Anton Nickson, Colin Orchard, John Piper, Jacqueline Real, Dooze Storey, Judy Symons, Marion Taylor.
AUTHOR Marion Whybrow
Marion Whybrow was born in London and she moved to St. Ives in 1980. She is married to Terry, a local painter. She has written widely on St. Ives painters, potters and sculptors.
PUBLISHED BY St. Ives Printing and Publishing Company
21 x 16 cm 48 pages Paperback
First published in 1987 this beautiful guide to the Art Colony in St. Ives has now been reprinted using today’s technology of computers, digital cameras and advanced printing technology. It has been updated and republished in full colour. It takes the reader on a tour o f St. Ives, weaving together the past and the present of a community where for well over 120 years, art and artists have been a continuous and vital element.
Art in St. Ives is not confined to painting, it includes printmaking, photography and world famous sculpture and ceramics. Whilst doing justice to the ‘moderns’ it remembers the many artists who went before – the famous visitors, the innovators, the outstanding marine artists and British Impressionists and all those whose work over the years was such a feature of the Royal Academy shows.
AUTHORS Henry G. Gilbert, Roy Ray and Colin Orchard 2006
PUBLISHED BY Henry G. Gilbert, Roy Ray and Colin Orchard
21 x 15 cm 98 pages Paperback
Interview written for PENINSULAR VOICE, a monthly magazine published in Penzance from 1983 until 1991. The 80 artists, musicians and writers chosen reflect the enthusiasms of the contributors at the time. Whilst not a comprehensive list, it does give an idea of what was going on in the community of West Cornwall during the nineteen-eighties.
Each entry is accompanied by a portrait by photographer Ashley Peters. The list of interviewees include: Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Jack Clemo, Terry Frost, Patrick Heron, Patrick Hughes, Wizz Jones, Benjamin Luxon, Molly Parkin, Lord St. Levan, D. M. Thomas and Brenda Wootton.
PUBLISHED BY Rainyday Publications 1993
22 x 22 cm 166 pages Paperback
THE STORY OF TATE ST IVES
The history of the campaign for and the building of The Tate Gallery in St. Ives from early plans in 1993 to the day the gallery opened in June 1988.
The story begins at the end of the First World War when the town first had the idea of creating an art gallery to commemorate the men who had died in the war. It continues with various other unsuccessful attempts to provide a permanent home for St. Ives art, and then the impetus that was needed to raise the projects profile follow up the St. Ives exhibition at the Tate Gallery in London in 1985.One of the central chapters covers the history of the land at Porthmeor on which the gallery was built from 1835 when plans were made to provide the town with gas lighting. The book also details the public concerns that were raised during the gallery’s development.
AUTHOR Janet Axten
Janet Axten was born in London and moved to St. Ives from Birmingham in 1985. She obtained a First Class Honours Degree in the arts with the Open University and was the coordinator of the St. Ives Tate Action Group which raised £135,000 towards the building of Tate St. Ives which opened in 1993. Her close involvement with the planning of the Tate St. Ives and her association with all those who played a part in its development enabled here to write in depth about the gallery in its wider geographical and historical context.
PUBLISHED BY Janet Axten and Colin Orchard. 1995
24 x 30 cm 240 pages Paperback
THE LEGACY OF BERNARD LEACH
The Leach Pottery is important, not only because it served as a base for Bernard Leach to put his ideas into practice, but also because it involved a team of workers, jointly sharing their passion for clay.
From students, apprentices and professional potters, to clay mixers, kiln firers and pot packers, the Leach Pottery, encouraged, nurtured and trained the art of the potter. Many of the workers came from distant areas of the world to be a part of the unique pottery. It is fitting that the contribution of these men and women be recognized, and this book rightly acknowledges their role in the tremendous endeavour of the Leach Pottery.
AUTHOR Marion Whybrow
Marion Whybrow has written extensively on the St. Ives Art Colony, its painters, potters and sculptors, past and present. She is married to Terry Whybrow
PUBLISHED BY Beach Books, St. Ives, Cornwall
19 x 24 cm 239 pages Paperback
This book provides a fascinating overview of the St. Ives Memory Bay Oral History Project and reflects the continuing vibrant artistic life of St. Ives through excerpts from a selection of the interviews. With a wealth of photographs, many never before published, it is now possible to uncover new perspectives on the relationships between the visual art created in the town, and the families, friendships, traditions, enterprises and institutions of St. Ives.
30 x 21cm 104 pages Paperback
PRINTED BY Francis Antony. Cornwall 2011
The complete programme of the festival of music and the arts to celebrate the music of the two Elizabethan ages in the year of the coronation. One of the main sponsers and supporters of this groundbreaking festival was Barbara Hepworth.
The programme contains an introductory note ‘Cornish under Two Queen’s’ by Morton Nance; ‘Artists in St. Ives Fifty Years ago’ by S.J. Lamorna Birch and ‘ St. Ives Parish Church and its Patron Saint’ by Rev. I.S. Jenkins.
19 x 25 cm 48 pages Paperback
PRINTED BY Lund Humphries and Co. Ltd..
A showcase for David Whitaker’s atmospheric photographs, with a complementary selection of essays, lectures, obituaries, haiku and elegies.
AUTHOR David Whitaker
David Whitaker was born in Drogheda in Ireland, has been a bookseller in Charing Cross Road London, has lived in Charlbury Oxfordshire with his wife and daughter and for this century ha taken to writing and photography as a means of uncovering and exploring the spirit of place or genius loci of certain favorite locations.
PUBLISHED BY Wavestone Press
21 x 25cm 126 pages Paperback
Black and white photographs taken between 1980 and 2009 celebrating the renowned light at St. Ives on the sea and beaches, and in artists’ studios, fishermen’s lodges, homes, galleries and chapels.
AUTHOR Ann Kelly
Ann Kelly is a photographer and prize-winning poet who once played cricket for Cornwall. She has previously published a collection of poems and photographs, a book of photos of St. Ives families and an audio book of cat stories. She lives with her second husband and several cats on the edge of a cliff in Cornwall where have survived a flood, a landslip, a lightening strike and the roof blowing off. She runs courses for aspiring poets at her home, writing courses for medics and medical students and speaks about her poetry therapy work with patients at medical conferences.
PUBLISHED BY Luath Press Ltd.
17 x 21 cm 96 pages Paperback
Born in 1913 in Callan, County Kilkenny, Ireland, he learned his art “surreptitiously” while working as a bank clerk. He moved to St. Ives in 1960 and became part of the thriving artistic community.
Also included is a lengthy and entertaining account, by O’Malley himself, of his early years growing up In County Kilkenny. The book is illustrated throughout and contains photographs and artwork never previously published, including 16 in colour.
AUTHOR David Whittaker
An Irishman born and bred in Drogheda, near the mouth of the river Boyne, he is a poet, photographer, publisher and bookdealer. He contributed Tony O’Malley’s obituary for The Guardian. He lives and works in Charlbury, Oxfordshire with his wife and daughter.
PUBLISHED BY Wavestone Press 2005
17 x 23 cm 95 pages Paperback
This is the first part of the series “Footnotes on a Landscape: Engagements with Art and Place in West Penwith”. The series is a personal exploration of the genius loci or spirit of place via poems, essays and photographs, with reference to many of the post-war artists and writers, place-names, old maps, folklore, archaeology, geology, mining and the interaction of the varied landscape with the elements and the pervasive sea and light.
AUTHOR David Whittaker
An Irishman born and bred in Drogheda, near the mouth of the river Boyne. He is a poet, photographer, publisher and bookdealer.
PUBLISHED BY Wavestone Press 2003
17 x 24 cm 64 pages Paperback