The artist's addresses are listed as Tunbridge Wells, Kent (1891) and Ilfracombe, Devon (1901).
In 1897, the artist sold two paintings at NAG Boulonge and Arrival of Fish, Newlyn. From 1910 the address is The Art Gallery, Ilfracombe, but by 1913, the name is no longer listed in The Year's Art.
With an address at Prospect House, Seaton, Devon, Perry exhibited and sold three paintings at NAG in summer 1906 including Seaton Bay, Cottage in (?D) Town, and another (indecipherable).
In the 33rd NAG show (1907) he exhibited and sold Landslip and Icanthus.
Greta grew up in Cornwall, the daughter of a woodcarver, R G PERRY and his wife Biddy, a painter. Her stepfather, Bill PICARD, taught pottery in the Penzance School of Art where she subsequently studied. Being surrounded by pots and potters from an early age, it was not until she had travelled widely and settled back in Cornwall that she took up ceramics herself, and began to learn the realities of running a workshop amongst the several local potteries.
She re-opened the Mousehole Pottery, first established by her parents in 1955, in 1977, and felt strongly that her work should give much pleasure as well as being useful. She believed that there is a direct flow from the earth to the spirit in the making of pots, and that for her the rhythm of working on the wheel is a part of this process of creation. She worked solely in stoneware. Her pottery was in operation until 1989. Greta now lives in Oregon, USA.
Perry is a painter mainly of landscapes and themes taken from the natural world. His feeling for nature coincides with occupation in forestry and land husbandry. His muted and atmospheric paintings reflect much about early and late light in the course of many weathers. His studio is at Trevelloe, Lamorna TR19 6NX.
Perry came from northern roots, his father being a scientist. At the end of WWII, as a Conscientious Objector he and a number of other COs who wanted a different way of life had settled in the woodlands around Exmoor and Dartmoor. A small group broke away and decided to make camp in West Cornwall at Lamorna in the woods there, and thereby the so-called 'Woodcutters' came into being. Environmentally they lived close to the earth, cut wood and took other odd-jobs to make a basic living, and some made art as well.
Perry's first wife was the artist we now know as Biddy PICARD, and with her, setting up home first in the Lamorna Valley and then as children were born, in nearby Mousehole. Two daughters and a son, Jane (Nig), Greta PERRY and Peter PERRY were all born in Cornwall, Peter in the George LAMBOURN studio home which now belongs to Ken HOWARD. The front room of their small home became a shop (which it remains today with owners having changed in due course), and behind that shop Biddy set up the first Mousehole Pottery.
Perry left Cornwall with his second wife, Nina from St Ives, and set up home in North Wales, where he again deliberately chose an alternative way of life (no electricity, telephone, indoor toilet), entering the forestry business in a large scale way, buying woodlands, planting, felling, selling.
His woodcarving probably did not continue, according to his son, though he had a huge workshop with wood waiting for his handwork. Nonetheless, the few pieces left in the family attest to his considerable abilities creatively. Not being a sensible manager, and something of a 'gambler' in the trade, Perry had to declare bankruptcy at some point and lost everything. He died in Aberystwith.
An American born in San Francisco, who was a painter of nocturnal and tonalist landscapes.
In 1910-11 he visited England and St Ives with his second wife, Mabel Prudhomme Easley, during which time he also had a London exhibition. The artist died in California.