Chris did not take up painting until the age of 60, but it has nevertheless brought on a new lease on life. Stating inspiration from Cornish artists Kurt JACKSON and Patrick CAULFIELD amongst others, Chris claims to be finding new stimuli each day and is continuing to exhibit widely.
American student-daughter (art and drama) of Hanna Rion Ver BECK from a previous marriage, and member of STIAC. Arriving in St Ives with her mother and stepfather, Frank Ver BECK, in the summer of 1913, she was a beautiful young girl who appealed strongly to the artists' groups as a potential model. Mabel Maud DOUGLAS painted a portrait of her [Plate 36, Tovey 2009] and her likeness is also presented as Fig 3.69 in that same work. She married Captain C Bernard Trewhella of St Ives (1918) and died in the aftermath of the birth of their second child at Woking. She is buried at Zennor Churchyard, Cornwall, as a Trewhella son was the Vicar there at the time of her death.
Alfred Adams attended Northampton College of Art, Birmingham College of Art and Central London Art School. He worked as an artist in a large publishing house before joining an international advertising agency as art director. Since retiring to Cornwall he has been able to concentrate on his love of painting. His work has been exhibited at Tregony Gallery.
Primarily a St Ives artist, Beale Adams exhibited at the RCPS from 1897, and three paintings - Lelant Estuary, Hayle River and Morning - at the Whitechapel Exhibition in 1902. From 1898 he also exhibited at St Ives Show Days. He is recorded as living at Porthia from 1898, and Primrose Cottage, St Ives, until 1911 when he left the area to live in Ilfracombe Devon. Nevertheless, he returned upon occasion, exhibiting at Show Days from 1919-1924 and at the NAG-Revival exhibition (following WWI) in September of 1920. He displayed two of his ‘excellent sea paintings’, Last of the Light and Wild Weather, at the 1924 Show Day in St Ives, ‘works typical of this well known artist.’ [reviewer] By 1926 he was living again at St Ives at Lyonesse, Talland Road, where he remained until 1939 (Kelly’s).
Elinor was born in Sudbury, Suffolk, the only child of the chemist Henry G Adams and Clara E Adams. She studied at the Slade School of Fine Art. In 1891 she lived in Market Harborough, Suffolk, but by 1901 was living with her family in Bedford, Bedfordshire. In The Year's Art (1917) she gives a sending-in address in Coulsdon, Surrey, and lists an exhibition at the Walker, Liverpool. In the first year's exhibition programme of the Newlyn Art Gallery when it re-opened after WWI, this artist exhibited an untitled painting (1921, summer exhibition). Latterly she lived at Sevenoaks, Kent. No definite connections with Cornwall otherwise known.
His father was Marcus J ADAMS (1875-1959), also a photographer. He first visited St Ives in 1926 to see Leonard RICHMOND, returning regularly on holidays, and moved to St Ives with his family at beginning of WWII. He photographed many of the major artists in the area. Adams was particularly friendly with Peter LANYON, Denis MITCHELL and Hyman SEGAL. He directed the lighting for the Coronation of Elizabeth II, and was in great demand as lecturer on art, photography, and lighting for the remainder of his life.
At the National Portrait Gallery are lodged his portrait photographs of Peter LANYON and Terry FROST, amongst others.
Born in Worcester. After eight years as a ceramics decorator at the Royal Worcester Porcelain factory, he studied at the Académie Julian, Paris. The St Ives Times reported that he was visiting St Ives, and 'a few years ago he had a picture purchased by the Chantrey Bequest' (Aug 1913). That painting was Winter's Sleep (RA, 1900), now owned by the Tate. The painter was a short-term visitor to the locale.
Jane Adams works from her studio in the garden behind the Over the Moon Gallery in St Just in Penwith, Cornwall. Her ceramic animals are inspired from her own household of animals now and in the past. She uses a crank stoneware clay and fires in an electric kiln to make pieces frost-proof, and usable out-of-doors. Her pieces are witty but also elegant, demonstrating the clear respect and love she has for their eccentricities and personalities.
Known primarily as a very successful photographer of children and portraiture, but also a painter in later years. Born in Reading, his father Walton Adams was a pioneering photographer in the 1860s (his clientele including Royalty). Adams studied at Reading Art College and in Paris before becoming apprenticed to his father in 1892. Marcus also photographed Royalty, including the then Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret.
His paintings were on wide variety of subjects, and he exhibited his paintings both in St Ives (STISA) and at the Reading Guild of Artists, amongst other venues in and around London. He was the father of the photographer, painter and teacher Gilbert ADAMS, who followed on in the distinguished line of family occupations. His home was in Oxfordshire/Berkshire.
Originating from Northampton, he became a St Ives exhibitor in 1955, when he began to exhibit nationally and internationally, and taught sculpture at the Central School of Arts and Crafts until about 1960. He visited West Cornwall in the 1950s, moving around with the circle that included Denis MITCHELL, Patrick HERON, Wilhelmina BARNS-GRAHAM, and Roger LEIGH. Davies notes that Adams 'considered a move to St Ives in 1968 but had been discouraged by the distance from London.' He had already spent a year in his student days working in St Ives, and later was to rent a St Ives cottage (1975-6) while teaching sculpture at Falmouth College of Art.