Sculptor based near Truro, who worked in bronze, resin-bronze, ciment-fondu and plaster, mainly working direct from life (after a few preliminary drawings). 'My main subject is the female form and the human head (Rodin and Epstein are my main influences) but my taste in sculpture is very wide. My only ambition is for "quality" in my work.'
Wiles's work has been exhibited at the Rainyday Gallery in Penzance.
Anne Beable Wilkening is a painter based at Krowji Studios in Redruth.
Annabel Wilkes is a St Ives-based printmaker who uses the collagraph method.
He studied consecutively at Brussels, then both Julian's and Colarossi's in Paris. From 1919 to 1925, his address was in Penzance, and he exhibited at NAG, with at least one sale in the Summer Exhibition of 1921.
Maureen Wilkinson's dream-like paintings, drawings and collages, often partnered by poems, explore the relationship between the present moment, myth and memory.
'I model in wax "fingertip" made - instant, intuitive. I enjoy the small scale because to some extent you can appear to defy gravity - the sheer weight of larger bronze forms would make this very difficult to suggest. They are not maquettes for larger projects, they are complete worlds in themselves.'
A painting attributed to this artist is in the collection held by Redruth Town Museum. It is entitled Redruth Grammar School with Carn Brea in the Background (oil on board).
Born in Birmingham, she lived in Handsworth and studied at the Birmingham Art School, then in Paris. She was a member of the Birmingham Art Circle. Though in general ill-health for most of her working life, she exhibited until her death in 1943.
Born in Cambridge, the artist was educated at Berkhamsted, and studied art at Portsmouth and Southsea Schools of Art. He then attended Julius OLSSON's school in St Ives. Here he claimed to have learned virtually all that he knew about art.
In 1919 with two companions from St Ives, Reginald Guy KORTRIGHT and Hugh Percy HEARD, he went to Paris; together they set up a studio and studied figure painting from the nude. In 1923, on behalf of the London Midland and Scottish Railway, he wrote to a number of West Cornwall artists offering a commission to produce tourist poster designs. Most accepted the offer, and the groundbreaking series was created in 1924, which aroused great public interest. He is the author of St Ives: A Brush with Life (Seeley Service, 1969), his autobiography. Later he became President of the RI.
Current artist living near Land's End; partner of Sue Perkins, comedy director who features on QI. Has her own website, and works in glass installations & light refracted.
The artist is a long-time member of the Newlyn Society of Artists (NSA), and in preparation for the Hardie-edited volume (2009), Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall, Mary kindly donated her own collection of exhibition catalogues, cuttings and launch invitations to the WCAA. This welcome gift has filled in some of the gaps in our growing number of files and records.
At the 1846 Annual Exhibition of the RCPS, the artist won the First Prize (Silver Medal) for his oil painting.
From a list covering artists from the 'Newlyn school' and those working in the Lamorna Valley. The information has been compiled by Robert Turner, and he gratefully acknowledges the contribution made by David Tovey, and also to numerous writers and researchers who have widened our knowledge of the lives of artists who worked in the Lamorna valley, or in Newlyn.
A painter who exhibited at the RCPS, Falmouth in 1896. No further information extant.
A portrait of Alderman Dorrington, JP, Mayor (1884-1885 & 1897) painted by this artist, is in the collection of Truro City Council.
Exhibited at Porthmeor Gallery, St Ives. It is thought he may possibly be Frederick Adolphus WILLIAMS.
A recent correspondent (Dec 2013) sent the following further information (much appreciated!):
'F A Williams was Town Clerk of Padstow, and a recognised artist. He was the husband of my great aunt Flora, and when my mother died in June 2013 I inherited one of his paintings, of a boat under full sail 25 x 18.5 inches (63 x 47 cm), and signed F A Williams May 36 (I think 36, but it is not clear).'
Emma Williams trained in textile design at Huddersfield University. She worked as a freelance textile designer before turning to art full-time in 1997. She has exhibited widely throughout the UK and her work is held in a number of private collections. Cornwall has been a constant source of inspiration to her.
She is a regular exhibitor at the New Craftsman Gallery in St Ives.
C Wood lists a Henry Williams, who exhibited two landscapes in 1874, when the artist would have been 17, from an address in Penzance, Cornwall.
A local gallery owner has found a coastal painting by Henry John Williams (2012) with 'Penzance exhibition, 1875' written on the obverse side and signed. This may have been entered in the Annual Exhibitions held for the Penzance School of Art classes by Henry GEOFFROI at the school rooms in Voundervour Lane, off of Chapel Street, Penzance.
In 1876, a painting entitled On the Coast, South Devon, A Calm Evening, by Harry J Williams was exhibited at the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society (RCPS) in Falmouth, in the Professional Artists section of the Art Union of Cornwall annual exhibition. J & G give exhibition dates for him (as H J Williams) only as 1885-86, in that he exhibited in Cheshire in 1885, and then in Truro, Cornwall the following year.
The 1891 Census lists the artist as the 37 year old single nephew of Elizabeth Rendle, the widowed head of household living at 58 Morrab Road, Penzance and specifies that his specialty is landscape art.
Harry J Williams is listed by Kelly's Directory 1893 as living at 38 Morrab Road.
Born in Hascombe, Surrey, the eldest of five girls, and educated by a governess at home. The artist was encouraged to draw and paint from an early age. In 1908-9 she lived with her uncle in India. Her diary from that time records an expedition over the Khyber Pass on horseback, and evening parties and dances. In 1910-11 she lived in Paris and studied at Julian's Academy, drawing from the nude and learning etching and dry-point printing from copper plates. Her major influences were Meryon, Whistler and others.
In 1911 she married John Fischer Williams and they built a house on the south coast of Cornwall where they settled from 1920-1931, spending time also in Paris and travelling widely in France, Holland, Belgium and Italy. Four daughters, three of whom were to have important international careers in law, medicine and psychiatry respectively, aside from literature, were brought up by Marjorie. She was also stepmother to Barbara, Jack's daughter by his first marriage.
She specialised in drawing and etching of church architecture. Her subject matter was the back streets, peasant scenes, flowers and countryside. From 1931 the family spent summers in Cornwall and after her husband's death in 1947 she continued to visit France in order to sketch. Lino-cut designs were also an interest, and she printed curtains and cushions. Her WWII diary is available at the Hypatia Trust, along with writings by her daughters, Jenifer Hart, Dr Mariella Fischer-Williams, and Judith Hubback. Three of her etchings were displayed in the Group Show at Falmouth in 1996, Fisherman's Workshop, Cobbler's Shop (Cornwall) and Treveague Farm.
Born in Whitchurch, Salop, the daughter of a clergyman, and educated in England and Germany. Studied art at Atelier Colarossi in Paris and exhibited there at the Paris Salon (from 1914), her main exhibits being drawing and painting from the nude. From Paris she moved in 1921 to Norway House, St Ives where she set up her studio, removing to Enys Studio (1924-35).
The reviewer in 1924 remarks 'Miss Williams has painted a portrait low in tone and full of mystery, called The Enigma. I believe the same model sat for this as for the artist's The Mystic, sent to the Salon. The face is a little weary, and has learned many secrets. The picture is full of imagination.'
Born in Liverpool, his studies were in Paris and Antwerp under Verlat. Williams worked across France and in Africa and Italy winning many international medals and awards. He specialised in coastal painting, in particular harbours and estuaries.
The artist first arrived in St Ives in about 1890; returned many times but never settled there. He worked the Cornish and Devon coastline in a nomadic manner throughout his life. Greatly influenced by Impressionists, he produced bright and colourful scenes which gave a glow of the Mediterranean.
He contributed two series of six self-illustrated articles to The Artist on 'Pastel Art' (1932) and 'Harbour and Fishing Subjects' (1935). Each included colour and black & white plates of the artist's work. He was himself the subject in `Famous Artists', No 8 in May 1932, when his Twilight St Ives was featured. In December of 1932, The Artist reported that Williams had just returned to London from spending eleven weeks in Mousehole painting from a picture window overlooking the harbour.
A well-loved and kindly artist, a stalwart member of the Penzance Arts Club who lived and worked in Penzance for some years. Notice of his death after a long illness, at Goldsithney, has just been received. (October 21). Condolences to his wife, Heather Collings, and their families.