Bob Bourne was born in Exmouth, Devon and was evacuated as a child during the war years to Bermuda. His schooling was undertaken back in England at Brighton. Working now from a studio base in Penzance, Bob has had a variety of working environments in West Cornwall and elsewhere, including a spell in Perth, Australia.

Primarily a self-taught painter, Cross considers Bourne's paintings in his chapter on 'realism, imagination and phantasy' artists, the combination of qualities and styles that Bob employs in his vivid and intense pieces.


Painter in oils

works and access

Works incl: Cornish Hillside 1964 (illus PCF); London Interior 1966 (illus PCF);Green Crucifiction 1971 (illus in Cross, p168); Autumn Landscape 1986 (illus Cross, p169); Cornish Hillside 1964 (illus PCF)

Access: Cornwall County Council Collection; NAG Permanent Col (Penlee)


Tooth's Gallery, London, solo 1973

NAG Newlyn in Pont Aven 1977

Kalman Galleries, London from 1983; 

Looking West 1987

A Century of Art in Cornwall 1889-1989, Truro

Private Views 1992

RWE Artists from Cornwall, Bristol (selected) 1992

Cornish Drawings, NAG, Nov, 1993 (exhibition card in file)

2017: Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens Gallery (Aug)


NSA 1995 list; resigned.


Brittain, Sarah and Cook, Simon (2001) Behind the Canvas, 40 Artists working in West Cornwall;

Buckman (2006) Dictionary of Artists in Britain since 1945

Cross (2002) Catching the Wave pp167-9 photo likeness & illus

Hardie (1995) 100 Years in Newlyn: Diary of a Gallery;

Public Catalogue Foundation (2007) Oil Paintings in Public Ownership, Cornwall & Isles of Scilly

RWE (1992) Artists from Cornwall, Bristol