Bobby Helbert left Cornwall at the age of eighteen. He returned recently after 50 years and took the opportunity of developing his artistic inclinations. He is a member of the Padstow Art Group.
Painter from Karlsruhr, Germany (originally Austrian), associated with St Ives, specifically with Julius OLSSON and Adrian STOKES, and painting en plein air (1902). Specifying an association with St Ives, this artist submitted four paintings to the Whitechapel Exhibition of 1902, including The Towans, Hayle; In the Tregenna Woods; Polperro Harbour and Rhododendrons.
Born on 24 May 1841, Newcastle upon Tyne. In 1850 with his parents, who were emigrating due to financial difficulty, Hemy set sail on the Madawaska to Australia. This journey, and their return in 1852, were to be recalled for the rest of his life as having started his love affair with the sea: 'It was imprinted on my mind, and I never forgot it'.
In 1852 Hemy enrolled in Newcastle's Government School of Design under the tutelage of William Bell Scott. An additional encouragement was the work of an uncle, Isaac Henzell, whose influence is noted in some marine paintings. The artist was a life-long and devout Catholic, and for a time in his youth joined as a Brother to French Dominicans at Lyons.
With no settled vocation, from 1862 his life as an artist became his focus. In 1863 he went to study with the Belgian painter Baron Henri Leys, and attended the Antwerp Academy. On the death of Leys he returned to England, where in 1866 he married. From 1869-80 Hemy lived in London, working from a gallery studio in Fulham close to the home of Burne-Jones, the pre-Raphaelite painter, and in the William Morris workshop. The influence of Whistler was strong, and his waterside (Thames) paintings illustrate this.
However, by the 1870s Hemy was looking at other marine locations, and The Harbour of St Ives (1871) is one example amongst others of seaside paintings around Britain. JJ Tissot, a friend of Whistler, was to become a major influence on the more painterly style that Hemy developed during the 1870s when his summers were spent in the fishing ports of Cornwall and Devon. By 1880 he had chosen Falmouth for his future home, and this he had built to his own design and specification. His first wife, Mary, died in that year, and with his second wife, Amy Mary Freeman (whom he married in 1881), he was to have ten children.
The artist visited Newlyn from his home in Falmouth with regularity, and he also exhibited at the Opening Exhibition of Passmore Edwards Art Gallery, Newlyn in 1895. His special friends were his Falmouth fellow artists Henry Scott TUKE and Frank BRANGWYN, another lover of the sea, who would live on to write his memorial appreciation (Fine Art Society Exhibition 1918). He died on 30 September, 1917 in Falmouth, age 76 (GRO).
Born in the year that the Hemys set sail for and returned from Australia (1850), 'Tom' was the artist brother of Charles Napier HEMY and Bernard Benedict HEMY. Though primarily based in North Shields, after studying in Newcastle and under Verlat in Antwerp, he exhibited widely as did his more established older brother.
In 1890 he joined the West Cornwall artists in exhibiting at Dowdeswell with the painting In the Wake of the Pilot off St Ives, and Wood comments that he was fond of painting shipwrecks.
In 1977 John Henderson exhibited his 'Rural Realist' paintings at NAG alongside Ray ATKINS and Robert MORLEY who exhibited paintings, drawings and watercolours. A solo show of his work was also at NAG in 1983, and this was followed up by his inclusion in the mixed retrospective exhibition, 'Happy Returns', to which were invited all of the artists who had held major solo exhibitions in the ten year period 1974-1984. His work has also been exhibited at the Rainyday Gallery, Penzance.