Having worked and lived near the sea, Bell is associated with marine pieces, paintings and mixed media. He has exhibited on the Lizard.
West Penwith subjects in auction lists; no further information is currently known.
Lived at Tywarnhayle, Burthallon Lane, St Ives, and enjoyed Scottish sketching holidays.
Born in Coventry, Warwickshire, Bellina is recorded in the 1891 Census as living at Mount Hawke, Truro, Cornwall with wife Nellie. No further information is currently available.
Born in London, he studied art at the Slade under Legros, and in Paris under Constant. He lived mostly in London, but worked in various parts of England, from Yorkshire to Sussex and Cornwall.
Mentioned in Whybrow's 1921-39 list of artists in and around St Ives.
Belohorsky was a Czech artist who arrived at St Ives as a refugee in WWII. Whybrow finds him, along with his family (Jana and Eva), introduced into the St Ives arts community at STIAC.
David Tovey has contributed further information: (2014)
Joza BelohorskyShow Day: 1945STISA: 1942-1946STISA Touring Shows: 1945. Belohorsky was a Czech artist, who came to St Ives as a refugee during World War II, where he was warmly welcomed by the artistic community. When I wrote Creating A Splash, I could find very little information about his time in St Ives and nothing about the rest of his life. However, in April 2011, I was contacted by Mark Pemberton, whose father had acquired a number of works off Belohorsky, whilst, in late 2013, one of his grand-daughters got in touch with me and told me a little about his difficult family background. Joza was actually born as Joseph Svasta in Austria. His date of birth is not known by his family. He married firstly Jozafina Knoblichova, with whom he had four children - the two youngest being Mirka (later known as Martha) in 1924 and Jaruska (later known as Sylvia) in 1930. The latter was born in Vince, France. However, in c.1933, it appears that Jozafina abandoned her family. Joza moved the children to Prague, where he remarried a Jewish hat-maker, Eva Furgison, with whom he had two further daughters, Ivana and Sonia. Joza was strongly anti-Nazi, as is reflected in several pieces of his art, and disowned his two eldest children, a son and a daughter, because of their Nazi sympathies. With a Jewish wife as well, it was necessary for him to leave Prague after the German occupation, and, whilst he and Eva went to Paris, he sent Martha and Sylvia to a school for Czech refugee children in the south of France. In 1939, he and Eva came to England on their own, but Czech soldiers managed to get Martha and Sylvia onto a cattle boat to Liverpool, where Joza linked up with them again in late 1939. However, whilst Sylvia lived with her father and Eva for a while, Mirka decided not to and both children had bitter memories of their father. Joza was primarily a portrait painter and his exhibits included a portrait of George Manning Sanders but he also worked in pastels and did etchings, which were considered original in treatment and unique in outlook. Mark Pemberton owned a self portrait done in 1938, which shows a thick-necked, bespectacled man, with a jutting jaw, whose hair has receded almost completely from the top of his head. It is not particularly flattering. However, there were also some attractive drawings of girls, possibly one or more of his daughters. These are in a distinctive style and demonstrate good draughtsmanship. His etchings include one of St Nicholas Chapel on The Island, St Ives, framed by rocks, and a most novel, fanciful depiction of a cromlech, where figures bearing the weight of the top stone are shown carved into the supporting stones. Possibly due to Belohorsky’s presence in the colony, Borlase Smart, in typical fashion, felt that art would be good therapy for the Czech soldiers stationed in St Ives and, in July 1943, he arranged for the soldiers to put on a display of art in STISA’s Gallery. This was opened by Leonard Fuller. Belohorsky featured on Show Day in 1945 and was represented in the 1945 touring show. However, there is no further reference to him. He appears to have given up his art and he and Eva became involved in a scarf-making business, which resulted in a tour of several American east-coast cities during 1945. This, however, eventually went into liquidation in 1949, when they were living in Leonards-by-the-Sea, Sussex. Joza was still alive in 1968, but his precise date of death is unknown.
The artist was born on the Isle of Wight and studied at Portsmouth College of Art & Design, and at Leeds Metropolitan University. After some commissioned work, contributing to radio and TV programming, she moved to Michigan, USA and exhibited her work there. Returning to the UK she turned to creating seascapes in extreme weather. Acknowledging the influence of James Abbot McNeil WHISTLER and John CONSTABLE, she paints from nature, based on open air sketching and the photographic results of the camera.
In St Ives, her work is shown at the Waterside Gallery.
The artist is known to have lived at various times in London, Walberswick (late 1880s) where he became a permanent resident, and Southwold. He exhibited three paintings at the Dowdeswell Exhibition of 1890, so had associated himself with Cornwall prior to that date.
Born in Hampshire, Benjamin studied engineering for four years at the Regent Street Polytechnic before becoming an artist. After some months studying drawing at Leger's studio in Paris, he arrived in St Ives in 1955. Buckman reports that here he split his time between flower-growing and abstract landscape painting, and leading an artistic life somewhat apart from the general circle of working artists. Benjamin took over the cottage and land formerly inhabited by the controversial and colourful Sven BERLIN. He was away for one year (1958-59) on a French Government fellowship allowing him to study with S W Hayter at Studio 17 in printmaking.
That same year he was part of a mixed show, entitled Twenty Cornish Artists sponsored by the Falmouth Art Group at their Polytechnic Gallery, a show that was shared with Newlyn Art Gallery and the Penwith Gallery in St Ives. This was to be seen as establishing his credentials in the Cornish art world and became a springboard to wider exhibiting. In 1960 Benjamin was selected by Michael CANNEY, curator of NAG, to exhibit in the Painters in Cornwall 1960 Exhibition in the City Art Gallery, Plymouth. (See Hardie 100 Years, p 122). In 1962 Canney, with the architect and painter John MILLER, redesigned the Fore Street Gallery in St Ives and the Lower Gallery at Newlyn, and Benjamin was offered one of the first one-man shows that followed.
Financial pressures, and the need to earn a living, meant that he had to leave Cornwall. By this time he was working also from London, and accepted teaching/lecturing posts in Canada and the USA. An impressive range of group and solo shows followed, and Benjamin's work became widely recognised and respected.
He returned to London in 1973, settling with his Canadian partner and sons at Kelling Village Holt, Norfolk where he continued to work up until his death in 2002.
Stella was born in Chislehurst, Kent. She began weaving in 1975, working with Breon O'Casey and using a Navajo style loom. Employing handspun sheet and goats' yarn, she also made her own colours with chemical dyes.
Her work was featured in the 1988 show, Craft Work, curated by Sheelagh O'DONNELL at NAG to show the work of top craftsmen and tapestry weavers in the South West.
Listed in Whybrow's 1921-39 list of artists in and around St Ives, presumably a painter. No further information is currently available.
His works include Bodinnick on the River Fowey; Cornwall; Coverack, Cornwall and A Cornish Harbour (viewed from an opening at the top of the steps).
Information provided in 2012 by the spouse of a descendant of the artist's wife (Edith Ashdown) suggests that Bennett spent a considerable amount of time in Cornwall, though he was born in Brighton and later lived in Croydon. He was an exhibitor at the RA and did much work on commission for Salmons postcards. It is believed that he and Edith (also known as Daisy) may have met through Clem Lambert, a Sussex painter connected with her family. Godwin and Edith were married in Steyning, Sussex, in 1913. In 1920 they had a daughter, Margherita, but were later divorced.
Two oil paintings by this artist are in the fine art collection of the Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro: Cornish Wrestling: K Hawkey vs P Sheldon (1963) and a portrait of Billy Bray (1794-1868), the Cornish evangelical preacher.
Philip Bennetta is a poet and artist, and he and his wife, the artist Susan BENNETTA live near Looe. He studied contemporary arts at Christ Church College, Canterbury, Dartington Hall College of Arts and Kent Institute of Art & Design, and gained an MA from Lancaster University in 1990. His career has included community based arts projects with young offenders.
Bennetta describes his work thus: 'I work in subject sensitive media and make paintings, drawings, soft sculpture, poems, pamphlets, artist's books and film as part of the creative process.
Susan Bennetta is a visual artist. She and her husband, the artist Philip BENNETTA, live near Looe. She describes herself as 'an artist whose work usually starts with an image, often small and seeingly insignificant. Whatever it is, it allows me to embark on a process of exploration, internal and external. The end of that process may be a painting, sculpture, video, text or sound piece or indeed a combination of them all.'
A member of the pottery team at Leach's pottery, specialising in glazes and glaze-making in the 1940s and 50s.
Claire Benson is a Penzance-based printmaker. She was a student at Winchester School of Art and Falmouth College of Art.
Born in North Kilworth, Connemara, Medora spent much of her early life at Erisslaanen (Connemara) which gave her the title for her autobiography. She was educated in England and studied at the Slade with Randolph Schwabe (1930-33) , and at the Central School of Arts and Crafts where she studied stained glass. She worked on Sark, in Ireland at Errislannan, and in Cornwall (St Ives, during WWII).
She was noted at a 1944 exhibition by the St Ives Times for "her war pictures." Buckman comments that she was much influenced by the places where she lived, including Connemara, Sark, and St Ives. As well as paintings, she produced sculptural models depicting religious scenes, and painted furniture. She moved to a new studio in St Ives in 32 Fore Street in 1947. She moved to Wareham in Dorset in the mid-1950s, and died in Poole.
Mentioned in Whybrow's 1921-1939 list of artists in and around St Ives; no further information currently available.
Bentley began his career working for the Fielding brothers as an engraver. He was elected an Associate of the Old Watercolour Society in 1834 and a full Member in 1843. He painted all round Britain, and visited the Channel Islands and northern France.
Pip was the Cornish-born elder daughter of Alec George WALKER and his wife Kathleen EARLE, the creators of Crysede hand-printed silks. She was also to become an artist with a wide range of talents. She has written the story of her own life in The Pink House (which is Myrtle Cottage, Newlyn), and Mark Vaughan has encapsulated her life as a natural ecologist in a fine article in Resurgence magazine. See references.
See her obituary by Michael McNay, in the Guardian Thursday 16 September 2010 19.15 BST
Pip sat for Dod Procter in the Tate owned painting ‘Kitchen at Myrtle Cottage’ ( https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/procter-kitchen-at-myrtle-cottage-n04817 ).
Benyovits works in granite, limestone and bronze and his work can be viewed both in his studio at Sheffield, near Penzance, and in the sculpture garden there. He also works to commission.
Clarissa Beothy worked as an industrial metalworker in her native Hungary before fleeing Communism in 1969 to settle in the West. Subsequently she became a student at Falmouth College of Art. Her work reflects her attempt to show the barriers that she (and others) face in their 'lives full of limitations'. She is a sculptor working in a range of materials: wax, soap, ceramic, resin and bronze.
The artist is listed as a member of NSA (2010).