Rachael was born in Brisbane, Australia, the daughter of Noel Kantaris, author and lecturer, and his wife, the poet Sylvia Kantaris. The family moved to Britain when Rachael was four, and settled in Cornwall. She studied at Falmouth School of Art before going on to Brighton University, where she gained an MA in Fine Art Printmaking in 1992.
Travelling widely thereafter, she worked in studios in Berlin, Melbourne, and then in Manila where she exhibited printmaking and taught at the University of the Philippines. Now she is a full time artist/printmaker and works from Porthmeor Studios in St Ives. Her work has been shown at the Rainyday Gallery in Penzance.
She lives in St Ives, and in 2001 she ran the Porthmeor Print Workshop. An excellent teacher, she is the tutor for 'Introduction to Printmaking', one of many courses offered by the Newlyn School of Art which opened in 2011 on Chywoone Hill in Newlyn.
Kaisa Karikoski's paintings possess a subtlety and sensuality, suggestive of a memory fading or coming into being.
The artist was born in Wiltshire. She completed her Arts Foundation studies at Trowbridge College, Wiltshire, before working for her BA(Hons) in Fine Art Painting at Gloucestershire College of Arts and Technology, Cheltenham (1984-87).
Her exhibitions began in 1975 in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, where she was teaching, first at the Salisbury College of Art, and then at the Trowbridge College. From 1992 she began to exhibit in Cornwall, her first mixed show being at the Contemporary Gallery, Penzance. Since 1993 she has also undertaken freelance art tutoring at Tate St Ives and the St Ives School of Painting, with an emphasis on individual personal development tutoring for her pupils.
See website for Barbara Karn, for further detail, and a gallery of illustrations of her distinctive and witty work.
Barbara's first solo show at the Victoria Studios, Penzance heralded an active exhibition programme in West Cornwall. From that time she has held frequent solo shows in various restaurants and gallery venues, in addition to the Geological Museum, Camborne, Cornwall (1998), Truro Cathedral (2003), St Elwyns Church, Hayle, and The Cowhouse Studio, Perranuthnoe. Her work also is shown in mixed selected shows too numerous to mention.
Alison Faith Kay is a mixed media artist based in Penzance. She works intuitively, using natural materials. She says: 'I am an artist working with nature, living life off the beaten track.'
Listed by M Smart in her catalogue for Borlase SMART's 1981 Retrospective Exhibition, as being a Founding Member of the Penwith Society. No further information at this time.
The would-be artist was an American (born Philadelphia) painter who first came to St Ives in 1904. Though he did exhibit a few landscape paintings, these seem to have been unregarded and there are no records of his work after 1910. However, he 'immersed himself in the life of the colony', according to Tovey 2009 (p168).
Keasbey is credited with creating the Island Studios in 1910 (which had ceased to exist as studios before the beginning of WWII). Tovey comments that this development 'was a unique instance of a visiting foreign artist making a large financial commitment to the colony. Unfortunately, it was ill-timed because he left for the USA as WWI approached, and demand for the studios fell off dramatically. He never returned to Cornwall, and at the end of their lease they were incorporated into the Cowley Estate. The story of this 'debacle' (despite his good intentions) is told on pp168-70 in Tovey's social history of St Ives (see his index for other refs).