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Born in Streatham, London Bax married a Cornish girl (Nina Harry) in 1908 and brought up a family of eight. Of indifferent health as an asthma sufferer, Claude came to Newlyn after his childhood in Hampstead, and was a contemporary of the Procters (Ernest PROCTER and Doris Shaw PROCTER) at the FORBES SCHOOL of Painting. He spent two further years training in art in Switzerland, and later established a farm near Mullion, where he remained until he died. Painting latterly became of secondary importance.

The artist had a sending-in address of Claughton, Lancashire in 1897 until this was changed to St Ives, Cornwall in 1904. Tovey mentions Charles Baxter being from Liverpool, who was involved with the St Ives colony from 1901 to 1905. He exhibited on Show Day in 1901, when he was also listed in the Census of that year living in The Terrace.  He also exhibited in the 1904 Show Day. From 1907 he had moved on to Winchelsea, Sussex.

Born in Cornwall, the artist exhibited in the Porthmeor Gallery's opening show in 1928.  She initially lived at Dunvegan, Carbis Bay - the home of her parents and sister Iris COOKE. Norman COOKE, her father, was a stalwart of STIAC until 1940 (Tovey), and both of his daughters were artists with a studio in their home. 

After her marriage in 1932, Dossie moved to Nancledra with her husband. Working mainly in 'black and white', her focus was on landscapes and still life.  She exhibited with STISA in Brighton (1932), Birmingham & Cheltenham (1936) and also in the South African Tour of 1947.


Nicola Bayley studied at the Royal College of Art, and published her first book in 1975. She is both an award-winning writer (Kate Greenaway medal 2001) and both a landscape painter and illustrator. She lives in West Cornwall, not far from Land's End. Her fame locally was secured with her wonderful illustrations for The Mousehole Cat, published with Antonia Barber (text), an international bestselling children's book. 

Annabel Bayly was born in Surrey. She graduated from Lancaster University in 1979 with a BA (Hons) in Sociology. During the 1990s she became a student at Chelsea School of Art, completing her degree in Fine Art at Falmouth College of Art. She works from a studio in Rosevine, Portscatho, and has been represented by the New Gallery Portscatho. Her still life paintings have also been shown in London at the Osborne Studio Gallery, Belgravia.

Comic illustrator who visited St Ives briefly with his sister, and entertained with the other artists at social events.

Referred to locally in source lists as detailed below, but with no additional information. He is reportedly a 'sand artist' [and we still have a bit of that around].

Muriel was a talented amateur painter who was a long-time member of the Lamorna Kerr Art Group, at Lamorna, though her home was in Penzance. She exhibited in all the mixed shows that the Group held annually at the Lamorna Village. 

Her specialty was sea paintings. She continued with the Lamorna Group after Mornie KERR's death, and was noticed in the Cornishman last in 1996.

see Helen ENTWISLE

Bealing works from Trewarveneth Studios, Newlyn. Since coming to live in Cornwall in 1988 she has proved a popular and inventive artist, with the wit and skill to employ the unexpected and unusual in her figurative and abstract work.

The artist is listed as a member of NSA (2009). She exhibited in the Newlyn Arts Festival Open Studios 2010. Her work has also been shown at the Rainyday Gallery, Penzance.

Bridlington, Yorkshire was the birthplace of abstract artist, Frank Beanland. He studied first at the Hull college of Art (1952-57) and then the Slade School of Fine Art (1959-61). Following these periods, he won a Boise Scholarship which took him to Stockholm for a year abroad.

Returning to the UK, from 1962 to 1964 he worked in Cornwall, and exhibited with the Porthleven Group, that centred around the Summer Painting School of Michael CANNEY, and their exhibitions at the Porthleven Gallery, an old china-clay warehouse on the quayside which Michael had created. It was here, that one reviewer comments that he produced much of his best work. (

From Cornwall he moved on to lecture at the Swansea College of Art for a year, before spending a further year (1965-6) in Venice. Later on, he also spent a year in Nice (1973) as an artist-in-residence.  All of this time, he built an 'an impressive exhibiting career, and received many commissions for screens and printed textiles for hospitals, churches, and private homes.' (Gallery17)



Margaret's work for Open Studios 2011 was inspired by the waters off the Arctic Circle and the coast of Norway.

Dr Beattie undertook her arts education at Reigate Art School, BA Open University, MA Goldsmiths College of London University and her doctorate (PhD) at the University of the Arts, London (old Central St Martins).

Influences upon her include domestically sourced objects, creation of work through the passage of physical material making and conceptual irony and Surrealism. Having taught for 30 years Ronn finished her lecturing career as Director of a Fine Art Foundation Course in Bahrain.

On returning to the UK in 2010, she moved to Cornwall.

Beattie carries out portrait commissions in various materials, including 'negatives' in cast lead crystal glass.

Born in Bradford, Yorkshire, the artist may have been an American (Mallett’s Index, Whybrow) who studied art under Julius OLSSON in St Ives; St Ives Times (28 Mar 1913) says: "[AB]…who has been painting at St Ives about eighteen months after spending some years in the United States." In 1913 he exhibited An October Morn After Rain. In 1914 he exhibited and sold Old Pier St Ives at NAG.

Two views of St Ives by Beaumont were used in The Studio (1915). He returned to USA after WWI and is recorded as living at Stapleton, New York in the 1920s (J Wood).

Born in Huddersfield and educated at the Camden House School, Brighton. Although winning the school drawing prize, he initially worked in a fancy goods warehouse in Brighton while continuing with his drawing.  A chance meeting with E Goodwyn Lewis persuaded him to change careers, and he studied at the RA Schools from 1882-88 (winning a silver medal in Life Study), and the Academie Julian, Paris.   He then spent time in France, Italy and Spain studying the Old Masters.

He married and settled in Wimborne, Dorset.

He was signed into the St Ives Arts Club as a guest of Alfred HARTLEY in February 1912, and settled in the town for a period during WWI (1916). He leased 9 Richmond Terrace in that year, and took a studio at Porthmeor.  In 1918 he was elected on to the Lanham's Hanging Committee. In his later years he lived in Kensington, London.


Stacey Beaumont sculpts in slate and wood from her workshop in Bude, north Cornwall. The reclaimed slate which forms the basis of her artworks is obtained from the nearby Delabole quarry. Her pieces are enhanced by the use of mosaics, stained glass or pewter.

An artist associated with the china clay country around St Austell.

Henry Beazley is based in mid Cornwall. His metal sculptures revolve around weight and balance, and are designed to be placed either indoors or outside.

Beazley's background is one of 3D design, animation and fine art. His work interacts with the wind, birds or human touch, providing a sanctuary for nature. He says: 'My purpose is to find balance, harmony and grace within the piece, to give the metal a life and rhythm of its own.'

A painting entitled Turning at Porthmeor (oil on canvas) 15.5x19.5 cm and signed by this artist, has been noticed.

Born in London, Bedding spent two years as a student at the Theresa Norah COPNALL from 1969, and feels that this has been the most important grounding influence for subsequent work.  He gained further experience with Jean Tessier at Villenaux Pottery in France, and returned to join the Leach permanent staff for a further eight years (in which he was able to develop his own style), further developing his skills, guided by Bernard LEACH, Janet LEACH and William (Bill) MARSHALL. 

He has always felt the need to decorate his pots, and sees good brushwork and form as fundamental to his work as a craftsman. In 1979 he travelled to Japan and spent a year working at Ichino's family pottery in one of the six ancient pottery villages.  He returned to set up his own pottery, and whilst continuing to make traditional domestic stoneware, he became interested in low temperature work, using Raku techniques. 

Born in Boston Spa, Yorkshire, the artist's early years were spent at school in Hanover and Rome.  He studied at the Royal institute of Fine Arts in Rome (1919-23), where he was awarded the title of Professor of Architectural Design in 1924. After travelling in Italy and Egypt, he returned to England in 1925 and taught for a year at the Courtauld Institute. During the following six years he exhibited drawings and watercolours in London, became an elected member of Society of Graphic Artists and the British Watercolour Society, studied Chinese calligraphy and Oriental art at the Courtauld Institute, and studied for his architectural degree with his godfather, Sir Herbert Baker ARA FRIBA.

In 1936 he travelled in China, the Gobi Desert, Mongolia, and left Shanghai in August 1937 at the start of the Sino/Japanese war. Moving to Cornwall in 1948, Oliver taught (Truro School of Art), lectured and exhibited his work throughout Cornwall; he lived in Truro. Later he was  made a life member of the STISA. Many of his works in a variety of mediums were inspired by his travels to China and Europe, as well as Cornwall, and sold at his own gallery and studio in the 1960's and 70's. 

Born in Wolverhampton, Bee was the son of George Henry Bee and Mary Elizabeth nee Briscoe.

Bee was invalided out from WWI after three years.

For four years he studied art in Europe and the Near East, and exhibited his work in Manchester. He took up commercial art, living in London and Norfolk. His work was illustrated in Commercial Art and Posters and Publicity.  In the 1930s the artist focused on poster work for the GWR and LNER railways.

There is no special connection of this illustrator to the art communities of Cornwall; his reference here is due to artwork produced post-war for the railway poster series of the West Region, and therefore to Cornwall.  His posters bore a capital B monogram, though his carriage panel artwork carried his normal signature. (

Claire Bee is a Penzance-based artist.

Caro Beech is a mixed media artist whose concern for the environment has led her to use natural dyes in her work.

Jane has been exhibiting extensively around Cornwall since 1970, when she began showing with the Cornwall Crafts Association in Helston. She was a member of Taking Space from 1998 to 2004.

In December, 1996, she finished lecturing at Falmouth College of Art in order to devote more time to her own creative development. Since that time her paintings have been exhibited regularly in festival shows, restaurants, hotels and markets. In 2003 she was the resident artist at the Mount Haven Hotel & Restaurant in Marazion where she had exhibited solo previously. She has also shown her work at the Affordable Art Fair in London (2001).  Three paintings were selected to be hung at the Royal Cornwall Hospital (Treliske) at Truro. 

Her latest work explores a variety of techniques which strive to infuse her paintings with an element of the mystical.

Possibly born in Barnstaple, Devon and married in 1904 at Newton Abbot.

Beer was born in Whitstable, Kent and trained as a teacher in Chichester, where his special interest was pottery.

Moving to Cornwall in 1986 he took special responsibility for art in the school where he taught and also offered in-service art courses for teachers in the county. He co-ordinated the education working party for the St Ives Tate Action Group prior to the opening of this major gallery.

With a speciality in painting landscapes in oils using a palette knife, he has exhibited widely in mixed exhibitions throughout the UK.

Stephen Beer has spent the majority of his life in the town of his birth, Saltash, where he presently lives with his wife, artist Jo Beer. Stephen began making experimental films as a teenager, influenced by Derek Jarman, Elliott Bristow and Kenneth Anger. Later he studied Graphic Design & Photography at Falmouth School of Art, then Photomedia at Plymouth College of Art. He has worked in Art and Media education. In 2013 he and Jo were part of the group, led by John Forster, which created 'The Saltash Ferryman', a public sculpture funded by the Heritage Lottery, to conserve the history of the ferry that crossed the Tamar at Saltash for over 900 years.

Stephen currently works in the area of painting and collage.