Whiting arrived in Cornwall in 1988 after living in London and Spain. She was a part-time lecturer in photography at Falmouth College of Art, while exhibiting her work around Cornwall and the South West. She remains based at Falmouth (2010).
Whiting was born and grew up in Hull, Yorkshire, where his first success was in winning his school art prize. His education continued at Newcastle, Portsmouth and Falmouth Colleges of Art, where he graduated with a DipAD (Hons) and a PGDip in Fine Art. Noted as 'A significant painter' by the artist Bryan INGHAM, his paintings of post-industrial Cornwall are strongly worked and powerful landscapes of the West Cornish scenes in which he lives.
Phil has travelled widely, especially in 2005, when working on a series of paintings called Places of Mourning in the Western World, which took him to Flanders, Ground Zero, Auschwitz-Birkenau amongst various other geographical sites. For researching that series he also visited sites in Bosnia, Russia, Syria and Lebanon.
His paintings also appear on the website for the 'Survivors of Srebrenica' organisation.
Frank Ruhrmund, our long-standing and indefatigible reviewer of art for the Cornishman Newspaper, has graciously provided (4 Aug 2011) a recent summary of the art and theological life of the Rev James Whitlock, affectionately known to locals and all as 'Jim'. Rather than try to match it, an extract is offered here:
'...Jim studied at the West of England Academy in Bristol and at Brighton College of Art. One who subsequently lectured in painting and printmaking at colleges of art in Bradford and Birmingham, it was almost 50 years ago that he came to St Ives, where he helped set up the Penwith Society's print workshop and studio. However, as happy as he was as a painter and printmaker, the call of the Church became even stronger. In the early 1970s, he left the town and his studio for Cambridge to read for a MA in Theology. For the next 30 years he dedicated his life to the Church, mostly in Cornwall, became the vicar of the three churches in Penzance, and was eventually honoured as a Canon Emeritus at Truro Cathedral, before retiring and resuming his artistic career. That was just over a decade ago, during which time he has exhibited extensively throughout Cornwall, enjoyed several solo shows in St Elwyn's Church, Hayle and in the old Mariners Gallery in St Ives...'
Jim lives and works from Newlyn.
Born on 27 April 1861, Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA. First he studied in France and then arrived in Newlyn in the early 1890s, the 1891 Census indicating that he was resident at Orchard Cottage, Belle Vue.
He married Mabel Turner, remembered in her family as an amateur artist. Mabel gave birth to their son John Thoreau Whitmore in Newlyn in 1893. They remained in West Cornwall until about 1896 and were friends with the GOTCH family. The painter died on 14 September, 1917 in Woodmont, Connecticut, age 56. (USA certificates in WCAA)
Jo Whitney was born in Essex. From 1961 to 1963 she studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art in Oxford. This was followed by a year at the Sir John Cass College in London. Inspired by Bonnard, Vuillard and Sickert, Jo began her artistic career as a figurative and portrait painter, later developing her skill at representing the city scenes and landscapes she encountered both at home and during extensive travels abroad.
In 1967 she moved to east Cornwall, where she spent the next twenty years. She exhibited at the Bay Tree Gallery in Liskeard and several other mid-Cornwall galleries. A number of her portraits are held in private collections in the UK and abroad.
In 2012 a retrospective exhibition of her work was held at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth, which included a 1990s sketch of Fred YATES. Her work has also been shown in London and Edinburgh.
Currently she lives and works in Scotland.
Whittaker was born and brought up in Drogheda, Ireland. His bookselling career - secondhand and rare - began in 1976 on the Charing Cross Road in London, and continues to this day in Charlbury, Oxfordshire.
In 2003 he published the first in a planned series Footnotes on a Landscape: Engagements with Art and Place in West Penwith. The first study, published as Zawn Lens, Words & Images from West Cornwall included not only his own amazingly evocative photographs in colour and black & white, but also poetry and memoirs of a number of the Penwith artists and creators: Peter LANYON, Tony O'MALLEY and Jane O'MALLEY, Bryan WYNTER, Colin SCOTT, W S Graham, Wilhelmina BARNS-GRAHAM and Rowena Cade amongst others. Though an art photographer, with many exhibitions to his credit, David is also an accomplished writer.
His photographs of West Cornwall have been shown at the Arts Club in Penzance, and in mixed shows in St Ives.
Leo was born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire. Her studies in fine art at Newcastle University were followed by two years painting and teaching in Sicily. Returning to the UK she became senior lecturer in painting at Falmouth School of Art, and a member of the NSA, and a member of NAG's Council for a short time. Latterly she gave up teaching to paint full time, and established a summer school in painting and the arts in Italy with her colleague and partner, David WESTBY.
Together they have renovated an amazing set of ruins and constructed a residential centre for the fine arts in Italy (Il Collegio, Puglia) which welcomes working visits from international artists. The story of their hard work and creative determination has featured in the BBC series, Grand Designs. Her passionate interest in the Romanesque and early Renaissance painting has contributed to the visual treat that their Italian home presents.
Born at West Bromwich, West Midlands. Known date of working in West Cornwall is recorded in Edgbastonia 1881 (copy of the article on file in WCAA).
Roger Langley, in his latest research on the life and work of his grandfather, Walter LANGLEY, comments 'Charles Henry Whitworth might justifiably be regarded as one of the two 'invisible' Newlyn artists, along with William ROLLASON, for little is known of either yet both exhibited numerous Newlyn scenes over a good period of years - longer, indeed, than many of the better known artists.'
Whitworth was born at West Bromwich and studied at Birmingham School of Art, where he was a younger contemporary of Edwin HARRIS, William BREAKSPEARE and Walter LANGLEY. Soon after they all finished their studies in 1879, the move toward West Cornwall was gathering steam. In 1881 he was one of the Birmingham group that were listed as lodging at Cliff House, Newlyn.
Langley lists an extensive list of his paintings spanning the years 1881 (Grey Day, Fishing Boats Returning exhibited at the Birmingham Art Circle exhibition) through 1893 (Calm Morning, Mounts Bay, oil) with multiples in between. In 1901, at the age of 45, Whitworth (a bachelor) was the Headmaster of the School of Art in Newcastle under Lyme, Staffs.
Whitworth died on 31 January 1933, age 77, in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire (GRO).