Sophie Fordham obtained a BA (Hons) in Fine Art and Printmaking at Cheltenham Art College in 1996. Her semi-abstract and figurative images, which evolve from memories, stories and experiences, explore a sense of belonging. She has exhibited widely in group shows throughout Devon and Cornwall.
Artist potter with Bernard LEACH 1932-34, who gained his skills at the Minton Pottery during an eight-year apprenticeship from the age of fourteen.
In 1932 he was persuaded to join the Leach Pottery by the writer and critic Herbert Read, and in 1934 he left to take over from David LEACH at the Dartington Pottery, Skinners Bridge, Devon, and to teach at Dartington Hall School. He gradually realised that production throwing held no interest for him and he resolved never again to make two pots alike, an attitude he sustained throughout the remainder of his life.
Chris began his art career as an illustrator in a publisher's studio after studying art and graphics in Bristol. He is a self- taught watercolour painter, constantly trying to extend and add to his skills in water-based media. He has exhibited on numerous occasions with the Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour.
He endeavours to re-appraise his style and technique on a regular basis and this has led him towards a mixed-media approach to his work, combining watercolour, acrylic, pastel and gouache. He is exhilarated by colour and surface and enjoys creating textured layers of dry-brushed colour that allow hints of complementary hue to glow through, thus creating an exciting surface of scattered, broken colour.
He specialises in landscape subjects, exploring the themes of man-made alongside the organic: buildings by water; structure emerging from a rocky cliff, sometimes with figures contributing to this theme, inhabiting the middle ground between buidings and the wildness of nature. He is inspired by downland, coastal scenes of the UK and the Mediterranean, cafe life and townscapes. He tries to capture the sense of a place at a specific moment, season or time of day, always endeavouring to bring passion and immediacy to his work.
Chris was awarded the prestigious F DONALD BLAKE AWARD for a contemporary watercolour by the LINCOLN JOYCE gallery in 2006 at the RI spring exhibition and also THE MATT BRUCE MEMORIAL AWARD for light and colour at the 2007 RI exhibition.
The artist studied at the Slade (1905-08). In 1909 he was signed in as a guest at the St Ives Arts Club by John DOUGLAS, but did not settle down to live in Cornwall until after WWI, when he arrived with his wife Katherine (aka 'Ka', nee Cox, a friend of Virginia Woolf, the novelist.)
At first they rented, then purchased, 'Eagle's Nest' at Zennor, the former home of the ANDREWS-WESTLAKE family. Here he built his own studio and constructed a wondrous garden in what was surely 'the windiest' space in Britain, open as it was to the sea beyond. He did not practice art full time, working for the League of Nations and other international causes. A chalk portrait of William Bateson, the Biologist was drawn by Will Forster in 1923, and is in the National Portrait Gallery.
No details are extant about this artist or his work, but he is listed as exhibiting at NAG in 1909.
See Mrs Cecilia ELWES
This is a correction to Hardie 2009 of entry for Mr C Forsythe.
A Birmingham-born artist (29 July 1850), shown in the 1891 Census to be a Newlyn resident; he is also listed by Charles MARRIOTT as a St Ives artist. Before taking up painting, and studying in Paris, he spent some time as an engineer of design. His subjects were landscapes, genre relating to ships and boats, and still-life. In 1883 he went to Venice for further study.
On his return he exhibited at RBSA (becoming ARBSA in 1884), and in 1885 moved to Newlyn with Francis Wright BOURDILLON (Frank), then to Paul, where he was near his close friend Stanhope FORBES (mentioned in 1885 Forbes letters), after which he moved to St Ives in 1894, settling in Treloyan Cottage and working from the Malakoff Studio. A colour plate of his painting The Forge (By Hammer and Hand, All Arts doth Stand) is included in Hardie (2009), and reflects the depth, richness of colour and realism of the Newlyn school of artists.
At the St Ives Show Day 1911, he exhibited Fuel and Intruders. He was one of the signatories of the Glanville letter (1898) expressing artists' concerns regarding over-development in the town. In 1899 he was Elected RBSA . He specialised in subjects showing work in the countryside such as woodcutting, hoeing and blacksmithing, working more in the Newlyn tradition of narrative painting. He often rode a horse cross-country, with his paints and easel strapped to his back. He died in St Ives age 73, and is buried at Zennor.
Hailing from Carmel, California and educated at St Margaret's Convent, Edinburgh, the artist was a devout Roman Catholic, and in later life founded a Guild dedicated to the revival of ecclesiastical art. She studied at St John's Wood School of Art and in New York with the Art Students' League. In 1915 she won a Silver medal at the Panama-Pacific Exposition. From 1921-23 her sending-in address was care of J Bourlet (agents) in London, but she was travelling elsewhere, accompanied by her mother who was also an artist.
A review of the St Ives Show Day in 1922 described her as one of the new artists of the colony whose work was likely to stimulate those around her with a deeper sense of regard for painting in the open air. At the 1923 Show Day she exhibited Summer Morning at St Ives, a painting that was to receive a Silver medal at the Paris Salon, and a portrait of Mr Jenner. She exhibited and travelled widely in France, America and Europe, and was admired for her bright palette of colours, influencing the group of painters that introduced fauvism and modernism in the San Francisco area, The Oakland Society.
John lives and works on the Devon / Cornwall border at Henford, Ashwater, where he shares a small farm with his family. The farm, the brooks and the local rolling landscape provide inspiration for his loose watercolours and charcoal sketches, and being a keen surfer he finds watercolour particularly well suited to convey the power of the crashing surf and the occasional tranquillity of the Atlantic coastline.
He is an exhibiting member of the St. Ives Society of Artists, and has published works for a variety of artists’ magazines.
He hosts demonstrations and workshops both at his studio and for art societies throughout the west-country.
Further works and details can be found at his web-site www.johnforward.com
Pigot's Directory of 1844 records this artist as a portrait painter living in Alverton Street, Penzance. He was born in St Just in Penwith, and married to Mary, living with her and their two sons at Jamaica Place, Madron at the time of 1851 Census.