Leonard John FULLER

1891—1973

Born and educated at Dulwich College, Fuller studied at the RA Schools between 1912-14, winning the British Institute Scholarship in painting (1913), and went on to attend the Clapham School of Art.  Whilst serving in the Machine Gun Corps during WWI, he became friendly with Borlase SMART, and after the war attended the RA again (1919-21), and also got married to the artist Marjorie MOSTYN (called Nancy), daughter of the artist Tom Mostyn.

From 1922-32 he taught art at St John's Wood Art Schools, exhibited at the Paris Salons (Silver medallist), and also taught at his old school, Dulwich College (1927-37).  Borlase SMART persuaded him to come to St Ives, and with his wife he established the St Ives School of Painting (1938ff). He was also a Founder member of the Penwith Society of Artists. A charming portrait of Terry FROST and Son (oil on canvas) is part of the permanent collection of the Newlyn Art Gallery.

A complete resume of his important contributions to the St Ives art colony and to the crucial role he played during and after World War II is best found in Tovey (2003) pp94-6. Fuller died in St Ives.