Mary Stork was born in Portsmouth, and studied at the West of England College, where her primary tutor was Paul FEILER. She studied further at the Slade School of Art, London, where she won major awards, and her paintings were toured with the Arts Council Young Contemporaries. At the Slade she met and married the West Cornwall artist Jeremy Le GRICE, and they returned to the county to live at St Just.
Here in Cornwall she met Karl WESCHKE who she credited with great influence on her work, and in 1966 the Hiltons arrived nearby. Mary and Rose HILTON became the closest of friends. Both of them abandoned art in the face of family responsibilities for many years. When Mary remarried after the break-up of her first marriage, she brought up her family in nearby Porthleven.
In 1982 she re-started painting professionally, and showing her work in small galleries including the Rainyday Gallery in Penzance. Mary became a member of the Penwith Society of Arts and also of the NSA. Meantime, she returned to live in St Just when her second husband died. Finally she moved into Penzance, living in the town centre and continuing to produce a steady stream of distinctive work, mainly mixed media (watercolour and charcoal) figurative pieces, much collected.
STOX is a painter whose first chosen career was as a practising architect and designer. He now lives in the house in the Lamorna Valley once inhabited by John TUNNARD.
Volker is a member of the NSA, and his digital print Chimera Six, was chosen to illustrate the exhibition poster for the NSA show, 'Uncharted Landscapes' held at the Mariners' Chapel Gallery, St Ives (Aug-Sep 2011).
Strang works from his home studio at Gulval near Penzance, and is a prolific landscape and floral painter and exhibitor. His paintings, St Ives Storm (c1992-97) and Towards Penzance, Twilight Mount's Bay 18 October, 1997, are both in the Penlee House Collection, Penzance. His paintings are often large, with paint thickly laid.
Since living in West Cornwall he has exhibited widely and has many paintings in private and public collections. His most recent solo exhibitions have been held in Fowey at The Cry of the Gull Galleries and at the Falmouth Art Centre, amongst many mixed exhibitions around Cornwall, and London, Wales and the USA. Three of his paintings are held in the permanent collection of the Cornwall Council (Education).
Scottish painter and printmaker who became the student of and then an assistant to Alphonse Legros. Locally he was noticed by Whybrow in her artists' list of 1901-10, of those who visited St Ives.
Falmouth Art Gallery include his portrait of Dr Warre-Cornish (1839-1916), Vice Provost of Eton College in their permanent collection.
See website for: Nik Strangelove, photographer. His teaching studio is located in Trevelyan House, Chapel Street, Penzance (2010), where he conducts intensive workshops in photographic techniques. Nik has exhibited his work in London, New York and numerous mixed solo exhibitions elsewhere.
Nik is a member of the NSA, and his photograph, Monterey, Mexico (where he has travelled recently) is mentioned in F Ruhrmund's review of the NSA Exhibition, 'Uncharted Landscapes' held at the Mariners' Chapel Gallery, St Ives.
Strong is a painter who often shows with her husband, Henry ISRAEL, and the North Cornwall Seven group of artists. She studied at St Martin's School of Art and the Royal College of Art. The couple moved first to Cornwall in 1962, and they now live in Tintagel.