Daphne Stephenson was born in Holland but during her early childhood the family travelled extensively. When she was 11 they settled in Kent. Once she left school she spent some time in India and Africa before studying metalwork in Vienna. Work as a commercial artist in London followed. She has had a career in textiles, and as a freelance enameller, and for several years taught art to GCSE and 'A' Level students. Formerly chairman, she continues to play a major role in the running of the Association of British Naive Artists, exhibiting regularly at the Mariners Gallery, St Ives.
In 2010 Daphne moved to Cornwall. Together with Judy JOEL, she published a book in 2012 on the Association of British Naive Artists. Her work has been acquired by private collections throughout the UK and Europe, as well as South Africa, the USA and the Caribbean. Her largest collection of 12 paintings hangs in Nassau, Bahamas.
Pupil at the FORBES SCHOOL from 1908-9, and in that period contributed a woodcut of Keigwin Arms (Mousehole) and another of a standing crane to The Paper Chase Volume I 1908. Her home was in Newburgh (1911) and she exhibited 3 works at Liverpool that year.
Kathryn Stevens grew up in St Ives but studied Fine Art at Bath School of Art & Design, graduating in 2013. Her paintings are 'constructions based on impulsive and improvised processes of colour and form, working with the language of abstraction.' A former member of Taking Space, she moved to Bristol in 2015 but continues to exhibit in Cornwall.
Val Stevens was born in Penzance. After 35 years in the NHS she became a self-taught painter, who is inspired by the 'ever-changing movements and moods of my native Cornwall.'
The only information that we have for this artist as yet is from a correspondent in November 2015 who wrote to ask if we had any knowledge of him? She has been able to send a lovely image which is signed and dated 1922 of sailing boats at the Land's End, Cornwall, and believes that the artist may have been teaching art in Cornwall. If anyone can share further or confirming information about Stevenson, we would be happy to add to this entry.
Other material indicates that he was a Scottish artist who is known for a painting of Market Street Airdrie, which also features on-line on BBC Your Paintings. Local newspaper cuttings from 1963 indicate that the late GCS had served as Chairman of the Monklands Art Club, Airdrie from its inception and showed his work in the annual exhibitions. The attached notice on BBC Your Paintings informed viewers that Stevenson was active c1957.
The exhibitor was from West-hill, Ottery St Mary when he showed work at NAG in 1927. The reviewer comments 'Hand-wrought ironwork has a resourceful exponent in ...[Mr J A R S]'. Earlier in the same article he remarks 'A feature is the clever workmanship of a Devon blacksmith. At the present rate of development the time may come when the crafts section at Newlyn will be entirely Cornish.'
Born in West Cornwall, Lee trained at the Falmouth School of Art and then at North Staffordshire Polytechnic. After meeting teacher Sue LEWINGTON at the Penzance School of Art in the mid 1980s, he began intaglio printmaking with which he captures the moods of nature and places at all seasons of the year.
His work was selected for inclusion in the Falmouth Art Gallery review show, '20 Years of Contemporary Art' in 2000.
The late Brian Stewart was an enthusiast for art and promoting it in the community, locally, nationally and internationally. A great friend to many, and a loyal friend to Cornish art and art history, his contribution to the Falmouth Art Gallery as its Curator and Director since 2000 is unparalleled in its own history (est 1978).
Stewart was born in Dagenham, Essex, the son of a general medical practitioner and his wife. After an education diploma, he worked in the Old Masters department of Christie's, London for two years. After an art history degree at Canterbury Christ Church College, he became the art and exhibitions officer of Canterbury Museums for a nine year period. In 2000 he came to Falmouth, and since that time the Gallery has grown exponentially in stature, winning The Guardian's Family Friendly Museum Prize in 2006. The sub-title of his Times obituary gives the flavour of the man: 'Curator of Falmouth Art Gallery who exhibited Picasso and Matisse alongside local artists and encouraged children to be creative'.
Above all, he was inclusive, open-hearted, appreciative of all creative efforts, and a direct inspiration to all he met.