Barbara HEPWORTH

1903—1975

The involvement of foremost female sculptor Barbara Hepworth with West Cornwall is so well documented that it is pointless to list more than a few facts here. Her bibliography is also huge, both in terms of general reference and personal biographical documents. Her studio home and sculpture gardens in St Ives - 'Trewyn' - are part of the Tate St Ives set of museums and galleries, and as such also include a Visitor centre and bookshop. Opening times are posted on the relevant websites.

Her chief influences were said to be Picasso, Arp and Brancusi and most especially Mondrian. (Artists from Cornwall Exh Cat 1992)

Hepworth was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire and studied first at the Leeds School of Art.  She was married first to the sculptor John Skeaping, and secondly in 1931 to the painter Ben NICHOLSON (dissolved 1951). She became a Dame of the British Empire in 1965. Her death in her St Ives home was due to an accidental fire.