Gabo was born in Russia under the name of Naum Pevsner, and was the younger brother of the sculptor Antoine Pevsner. He began his professional education at Munich University (1910) in medicine, changing to engineering, and after meeting Kandinsky, joined his brother in Paris. He began making constructions in 1915, returning to Moscow until 1922 when began publishing essays on Constructivism. In Berlin he associated with the de Stijl group and the Bauhaus as well as designing for Diaghilev's ballet and becoming a member of Abstraction-Creation. He first visited England in 1935.
He married Miriam Israels, a niece of the Hague School painter Jozef Israels, and the couple lived in London. They moved to Carbis Bay near St Ives in September of 1939 to be near Barbara HEPWORTH and Ben NICHOLSON, after working on the Circle magazine with Ben previously in London. The best resume of Gabo's life in Cornwall is offered by Michael BIRD in St Ives Artists.
Gabo moved to the USA in 1946, and became a US citizen in 1952. He died in the USA.
She lived in Spaxton, Somerset and was made an associate member of STISA in 1939. The following year she was made an Associate of SWA, but her involvement with the Society was brief.
Gair was a painter of landscapes with buildings, in watercolour and tempera.
In 1960 Elena opened the Sail Loft Gallery in Back Road West, St Ives, and continued managing it until 1963. She exhibited her own work beside others.
Meta was born in Heene, Sussex. She was privately educated, then studied under the miniaturist Edwin Morgan. Her preferred medium was pastels and she specialised in portrait sketches.
Her first exhibition in the area was with STISA in 1939 and she continued to show there until she left the Society in 1953, when she moved to Paignton.