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.
Suzanne Williams was born in Surrey but the family moved to Cornwall in 1975. She studied Fine Art at University College Falmouth and in 2012 opened Four Crows Gallery in Porthleven to showcase her work and that of other artists.
Williams works as a visual artist throughout the UK. She describes her painting as 'immersive'.
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.
Amanda Williams Lucas was born in Wales. She studied initially at Wrexham College of Art, then became a student at Falmouth College of Arts (now University College Falmouth) where she subsequently lectured part-time.
She seeks to express a fascination for theoretical physics in visual form. Some of her work is inspired by Rorschach images.The artist has exhibited widely in Cornwall and beyond. Group shows include the London Art Fair. Her work is held in private collections in Europe and Canada.
Association with Falmouth, one painting of his, A Shipping Scene, featuring in the Falmouth Art Gallery collection.
Born in Whitstable, Kent, Willow took a Fine Art degree at the Falmouth College of Art. In Cornwall she has shown her work in a number of installation exhibitions with PALP (Penwith Artist-Led Projects) and others.
Willow is a tutor at Newlyn School of Art (2016).
Nigel Wills was born in Falmouth and the sea has been a formative influence in his life. He left school at 14 and after serving an apprenticeship at a local garage firm, he became a welder, working at Falmouth Docks and then at Compair Holmans in Camborne. Since 2011 he has begun to use his skills to create sculptures in steel of marine creatures. Each piece has its own individuality and character and is heat tempered to create a wonderful iridescent green-blue colour.
Mr Wills, of the company WILLS Bros of London, lived at The Willows, Cornwall Terrace. He was the sculptor responsible for executing the statue of Humphry Davy in Market Jew Street, Penzance, and he died in the town.
Three paintings by this artist, are in the art collection held by the West Cornwall Hospital, Penzance.
Barbara Wills was born in Sheffield and at age 16, with the early encourage of her grandfather, who also painted, entered the Sheffield College of Art. From there she went on two years later to the Royal College of Art which continued its classes during WWII at Ambleside in Cumbria.
With her diploma she taught art in schools in Dolgellau, Dagenham, and Basingstoke. At the latter she was to meet her future husband, Edward. During the 1950s and '60s she exhibited her paintings locally and also at the RA, before the couple moved to Cornwall to live at St Hilary, where Edward's family had lived for several generations.
In Cornwall Barbara became a loyal member of the NSA, holding her first solo exhibition in 1971 at the Newlyn Art Gallery.
Her obituary in the Cornishman (19 September 2013) concludes with the following:
'As well as gaining a reputation and following for her paintings - in which she captured a strong sense of the mood and movement of the moment - she also found the time, energy and enthusiasm to teach small groups of children in her studio and also to start and tutor for 22 years in Painting for Pleasure classes at Rosudgeon.'
The son of Frederick J Wilmer, chemist and druggist of Wilmer & Co of Falmouth, four paintings by this artist were exhibited at the 150th Anniversary Exhibition at the RCPS in Falmouth (1983). He is credited with a triptych in the Warrior Chapel of Falmouth Parish church. In September 1900 he exhibited at the RCPS, and in 1906 Lake's Directory lists him as an artist living at 2 Park Crescent. Later he lived at Pennance Road, also in Falmouth.
Born in Lea Hall (Birmingham), the artist's initial sending-in address was in Birmingham, where she also exhibited with some frequency. From an address in Gloucester the artist exhibited Newlyn Harbour in 1904 at the RA. By 1910 she had returned to Birmingham and was again exhibiting there, though this was her last entry in The Year's Art.
Falmouth-based sculptor working in clay: 'Clay has a skin-like quality that is important because I like a figurative element in my work. At some point it ceases to be clay and takes on a character and personality that you endow it with...What is important for me is the historical connetion, a progression of development of forms, one relating to another. You can have a conversation through the work, making a spiritual contact and something visual between yourself and the material you are manipulating.'
Ges Wilson moved to Cornwall in the mid-1980s, and has since made St Ives her home. Previously she had studied art at Loughborough and Exeter Colleges of Art, and came to Penzance as an art teacher.
She is a member of the Penwith Society of Artists and also works freelance as an artist for the Tate St Ives. She is a former principal of St Ives School of Painting. Her semi-abstract landscapes are inspired by the 'elemental energy' of Cornwall. She exhibits widely, and her work is in private collections in the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
Carys Wilson lives in Penzance. She has a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Kent Institute of Art & Design, a PGCE from the University of Exeter, and a postgraduate diploma in Fine Art from Cyprus College of Art. Her work has been exhibited widely throughout the UK, and in Cyprus. Her teaching experience is wide-ranging and she conducts art workshops for adults and children, and for those with learning disabilities.
Recorded as a new member of STISA in 1933 but had died by 26th January 1934.