Works by this artist are included in the University College Falmouth Art Collection.
Born in London to an English mother and Swedish father (paper merchant), Berlin was originally an apprentice mechanical engineer before leaving that trade to enrol in the Beckenham School of Art at the age of 17. He then began training as an Adagio dancer. Retiring from dancing in 1938, he and his wife settled in a cottage on the Zennor moors.
A recent correspondent (2011) has noticed that most biographies of the artist appear to omit an interlude when Sven, his wife and children, lived in a farm-labourer type of cottage, one of two or three row cottages in Happy Valley, Treswithian, Camborne. [This was perhaps when he was studying at Redruth nearby.] 'About the only furnishings were a few upright chairs, an inverted half-barrel that served as a table, and small nude paintings of his wife on all the colour-washed walls. There was bread and water. The two, I think, little girls ran about barefoot. I was then fifteen or sixteen.'
Berlin studied under Arthur Creed HAMBLY at Redruth School of Art, describing Hambly as "the third of the Three Wise Men sent to guide my destiny" - also adding "but the special quality of integrity as an artist and teacher made him a unique person: a man of truth". At the outbreak of war in 1939 he registered as a Concientious Objector; in 1943, however, he joined the Royal Artillery, taking part in the Normandy landings. Discharged in 1945 on medical grounds, he suffered from nervous shock and the breakdown of his marriage.
Before joining the military, Berlin had met Ben NICHOLSON, Barbara HEPWORTH and Naum GABO and also helped at the Leach Pottery. On recovery from his breakdown, he rented an unoccupied building on the Island called 'The Tower', turning it into a sculptor's workshop. In 1950 he was evicted from 'The Tower' in order for it to be converted into a public convenience. He subsequently remarried and moved to a house at Cripplesease which was destroyed by fire in 1952. The following year he bought a gypsy caravan, moving to the New Forest to live among the gypsies there.
As well as sculpture, Berlin produced drawings, paintings and wrote highly regarded poetry and prose. His writings and aspects of his controversial and explosive life are fully explored on the internet, and remain of local interest in Cornwall today. His daughter, Greta BERLIN, is also a sculptor, and a piece of her larger work, The Couple, is in Trevelyan House, Penzance at the Hypatia Trust.
Greta is the daughter of Sven BERLIN and was born and grew up around St Ives in the 1940s and '50s in the artistic community in which her parents moved. At the start of her own career she exhibited in the Penwith and Salt House Galleries, but moving on with her family, then marriage and family life of her own, she lives in Dorset where she also teaches ceramics. Her websites follow her busy exhibition schedule elsewhere, and though known locally by most of the older artists, her work is not now exhibited in Cornwall.
In Cornwall, her sculptures have, some years ago, been shown and sold through the auspices of Tony Sanders' Gallery on Chapel Street, Penzance (now closing 2010), where the Hypatia Trust acquired its much-prized example of her strong and sensuous work, The Couple.
Berry was the wife of the artist Job NIXON (1891-1938). In 1931, at the urging of Samuel John Lamorna BIRCH, Nina and her husband moved to the area, settling originally in Lamorna to be near the Birch menage. They moved on to stay at Riverside Studios (1931-33), but due to her husband's appointment to the Slade staff in 1935, her involvement in the area was brief.
Berry, along with painter Gemma PEARCE, was one of the two partners in the Seastar Gallery, a small seaside art gallery in Mousehole, Cornwall. From a business background, she is keenly interested in textiles and photography, and is herself a maker of handmade and individual jewellery, including the use of semi-precious beads and stones.
Bob grew up in Yorkshire, and from 1954-58 he studied at the Brighton College of Art and Architecture, the latter of which subjects he took up from graduation. First he worked as a junior in a private architectural practice, and then in his own practice. At the same time he was a lecturer at the Leeds School of Architecture and the Leeds Polytechnic.
Moving south again he lectured at Plymouth Polytechnic, before moving to the West Cornwall area where he taught at the Penzance School of Art. In 1986 he established the Coldharbour Pottery at Towednack, where he produced raku ceramics.
Bob and his wife Pamela then moved away for a couple of years, before returning to West Cornwall to settle at Helston, where Bob has continued to exhibit at local galleries and in exhibitions. Their son, Bob BERRY Jr. is the prominent art and landscape photographer.
She exhibited jewellery at the first combined arts and craft exhibition at NAG in December 1924.
A London painter who exhibited four marine paintings at the RA between 1896 and 1903, whose works included A Cornish Harbour, The Turn of the Tide (1896), A Ground Swell (1899), and others.
Noted by Whybrow at St Ives in the earliest lists; no further information currently available.
H Besley published a series of vignettes of Cornish scenes, that were issued in booklets and used to illustrate guidebooks. They were engraved, and included tin mining scenes, towns, Land's End, and entitled Besley's Views of Cornwall (c1854).
Born in Tilbury, Essex, Noel studied art at the Central School of Arts and Crafts before completing a teaching diploma at London University. In the early 1980s he and his wife Pam settled in West Cornwall in the village of Gulval near Penzance. By that time he had already achieved some recognition with sales at the RA Summer exhibition, and was showing at local venues in Cornwall such as the Salthouse Gallery in St Ives and other small galleries in Porthleven and Penzance. His subjects are landscapes, seascapes and abstracts.
In 1987 he embarked on managing his own gallery in Bread Street, Penzance, which operated for some years until the couple re-established their studio at a larger farm toward Land's End. Noel's work takes inspiration from the simple architectural forms of rural cottages, the sun, and the moon against backgrounds both geometric and mystical. These can be viewed on MySpace and YouTube, where their jointly performed music may also be heard.
Both Pam and Noel are avid and talented musicians. Pam is a professionally trained violinist and composer, and plays all manner of string instruments such as the Celtic harp. Noel plays a long list of instruments including the bouzouki, guitar, whistles and mandolin. Their jazz band performs locally at pubs and clubs in the West Cornwall area, and they also produces CDs of their haunting music, much of it composed by Pam. Their projects are built into suites of work that incline towards gypsy, Celtic and jazz forms.
Beusmans was born in Hampshire and moved with his parents to Cornwall, where the senior Beusmans ran a retail pottery shop. John helped them in the business and began potting himself in the 1960s. Preparing for a career in ceramics, he studied the art of throwing at Redruth School of Art. He sold ceramics from his parents' shop, and then set up his own Carn Pottery in 1971 at Nancledra, near Penzance, where there is still an active commercial pottery today.
In 2005 a book about the Carn Pottery and the work of John Michael Beusmans, was published, as referenced below.
In 2013 Bevan opened a new studio at Pendeen. She produces ceramics for both domestic use as well as studio sculptures. She also paints and creates mixed media pieces.
She exhibits with the Lamorna Valley Group.
Bew studied ceramics at Camberwell School of Art (with A G Hopkins).
Prior to arriving in St Ives he had established a pottery within a Quaker settlement in the Rhondda Valley, Wales. At Leach pottery (1938-42), his early work focused on porcelain, with an interest in coloured glazes; his later work concentrated on earthenware.
A former Bristol-based police officer, Andy Bibbings took early retirement in 2015 to move to Newlyn and pursue his love of art. His talent at watercolours soon caught the eye of Jill Stein, the former wife of celebrity chef Rick Stein. His representations of marine creatures have been reproduced on the Stein homeware merchandise and kitchen textiles, to great success. He also paints portraits of dogs and horses.
Geoffrey Bickley creates sculptures of birds in their natural surroundings. His preferrred material is reclaimed pine. Living in St Erth, he gains inspiration for his subjects from the nearby Hayle estuary. He is represented by the Lighthouse Gallery in Penzance.
Jill Biddick started painting in the 1990s. After becoming an Adult Education tutor, teaching watercolours, she took an 'A' Level course in Art & Design. She has exhibited at Tregony Gallery on the Roseland peninsula, and at Ebenezer Gallery, Polperro.
Billington is an abstract artist working from a studio on the Lizard peninsula. He has exhibited widely within the UK, USA, Germany and Spain, with work in museums and private collections worldwide. In summer of 2012 his work was selected for the Carousel Horses Project at the Hall for Cornwall.