Growing up on the Cornish coast at Newquay, Robert attended Cornwall Technical College and the Redruth School of Art before studying art at Falmouth, when there were only 65 students in total at the Art College. At that time, all of the tutors and staff were painters and sculptors, and he was greatly influenced by Francis HEWLETT and Robert ORGAN. A goodly range of studies, jobs, travels and marriage followed, with Robert meeting his future wife in Manchester College of Art, where lack of finance curtailed his studies. From there the couple spent months in Israel on a kibbutz, some time in Brighton, followed up by a teaching post at the famous Summerhill School (with A S Neal as head).
Returning to Cornwall on the birth of their first child, Robert took up fishing and crabbing as an occupation, with painting lurking in the foreground as to how he saw his future. His first solo show in Penzance in 1987 was followed by a solo exhibition at NAG in 1988, and Robert Jones, the painter, was well launched. His work has also been shown at the Rainyday Gallery, Penzance. In 1995 a series of his paintings was included in the Tate St Ives exhibition 'Porthmeor Beach, A Century of Images'.
Latterly his part-time teaching commitments continued at both Penzance School of Art and Falmouth College of Art to sustain a living, but increasingly he was able to achieve the favourable position of full-time painting and writing. See FIRST LIGHT GALLERY website for Cornish artists and books published by Jones. He is both a writer and a visual artist, and excels at both.
Tom CROSS, in his excellent magazine review of contemporary artists in Cornwall, Catching the Wave, comments 'RJ belongs to a long line of sea painters working in Cornwall, a tradition that goes back to the mid-nineteenth century.... he has made the sea his subject.'
Sally Jones was born in the Isle of Man. She moved to London and then Cornwall, where she has lived since the early 2000s. Her work is held in private collections in the UK, Switzerland, Australia and the USA.
Possibly a pupil of the FORBES SCHOOL, of no fixed date; no further information currently available.
Cheltenham-born, this painter in watercolours was a member of the Ntional Society of Art Masters, indicating that he had been a teacher of art prior to coming to St Ives with his daughter, Phyllis Tiel JORDAN. For the STIAC records, their Cornish address was given as Flagstaff Cottage, Lamorna (where they may have been lodging with the Birch family for at least some period of time).
His work is first mentioned in St Ives in 1929, and in 1931 he was one of only twenty-two artists invited to represent STISA in their show at Plymouth. Jordan was a good friend of Samuel John Lamorna BIRCH, George BRADSHAW and Borlase SMART, and appears to have fitted well into the colony, but left the area after suffering a heart attack. By 1932 he was living in Newcastle, Staffordshire. Only his daughter is noticed in Johnson & Greutzner (British Artists 1880-1940).
Her address for her RA exhibit of 1928 records her as working at Darlington, although she applied for, and was elected to, STISA in June of 1930, when she had come with her father, Joseph Tiel JORDAN, to work in St Ives. During their stay, their address was listed as Flagstaff Cottage, Lamorna, indicating that they were staying with the Birch family at the time.
Like her father, she was one of the twenty-two artists invited to represent STISA in their show at Plymouth in 1931. The two departed St Ives in 1932 due to his ill health, though she continued her membership until 1938, by which time Phyllis was living in Leicester and ceased her STISA membership shortly thereafter.
Born at Ajmeer in India of British parents, Agnes Hope lived variously at Zennor and Paul in West Cornwall, in Paris and Angers in France, as well as London and Ashstead, Surrey in Britain. She studied at the Forbes School, and at NAG in 1903 she exhibited and sold Newlyn, and in 1908 A child's head and By the Sea.
However, from 1905 through 1930, she spent at least a half - if not more - of her time in France, exhibiting frequently in the Paris Salon where her listed works include 38 paintings of topics such as flowers, gardens, Notre Dame, Quimperle, Concarneau, and quay-side scenes. One of her woodcuts was contributed to Elizabeth FORBES's journal, The PAPER CHASE.