The artist is known to have died at Polperro and is buried there (registration district of Liskeard). He studied at the School of Art in Edinburgh, and at the Royal College of Art in London.
In 1909 he married Ellen Eliza RICHARDSON (also known as 'Nellie') who was also to become his model for a series of paintings from 1910-1917, and who was an artist in her own right, painting and exhibiting her work at the RA. The couple set up their first home together in Chelsea, London, but shortly thereafter moved on to Walberswick in Suffolk where there was an active artists' community working.
W Kay Blacklock, as he signed his paintings, probably also painted in Holland as the subjects and titles of his paintings reveal, and his subject matter and style is akin, and reminds of Elizabeth FORBES.
Born in Sunderland, in 1872, the artist was the second son of John Blacklock, engine fitter, and his wife Isabella née Blackett, who married at Sunderland in 1770. In the 1881 Census, William was an 8 year old living at 5 Hudson’s Buildings, Bishop Wearmouth, Sunderland with his parent’s, 39 year old John and 36 year old Isabella, and his two siblings, all born at Sunderland. His father died in 1886 and in 1891 young William was an 18 year old lithographer’s apprentice living at 10 Corporation Road, Rickersgate, Carlisle where his widowed mother was a publican. They had moved by 1901 to 4 Dixon Street, where William, still a lithographer, lived with his mother who was described as a ‘boarding house keeper’.
He then studied at the School of Art in Edinburgh and the Royal College of Art in London and became a painter in oil and watercolor. Living in London, he married at Chelsea in 1909, [Nellie] Ellen Eliza RICHARDSON. He seems to have added ‘Kay’ as his middle name when he took up as an artist.
In the 1911 Census Blacklock is listed as a 41 year old artist painter at 46 Gunder Grove, Chelsea with his wife, and a one year old daughter Eleanor Irene, who had been born in Chelsea. By 1912 they had moved to 'The Barn' Walberswick and in 1916 were still living at Walberswick but by 1922 they had moved on to Liskeard, Cornwall. He died at Polperro, Cornwall in 1924.
Initially a potter, Clive turned to painting full-time in 1984. The artist was born in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey and attended Twickenham and Kingston Schools of Art. He came to Cornwall at the age of 20 in 1960, and concentrated wholly upon the potters' arts in both porcelain and stoneware.
As a painter he has worked steadily between France (Provence) and Cornwall, where he lives near Helston. Buckman lists a partial exhibition record, the WCAA keeps an ongoing list of current exhibitions in London and elsewhere. In 1992 he was included in the Artists from Cornwall Exhibition at the RWA.
The artist is listed as a member of NSA (2009).
Carolle Blackwell's imaginative sculptures, created from local stoneware clay, are influenced by ancient cultures.
Peter Blagg: A Critical Appreciation: by the late Michael Canney, Director of Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall
'As a native of Camborne-Redruth, I know that visually these towns are far from inspiring. Mining has shaped both of them, together with the surrounding countryside, so that finding an artist at work here is something of a surprise. However, Peter LANYON drew and painted around Dolcoath Mine at the Western foot of Carn Brea. The multi-talented Sven BERLIN produced many of his early works here, under the encouragement of Arthur HAMBLY, influential head of the Redruth School of Art.
Thirty-three years ago, Peter Blagg too captured much of the character of the area in a series of evocative paintings and drawings, but he unaccountably seems to have been overlooked by critics and historians of art in Cornwall. A typical title of one of Blagg`s drawings, `Redruth: View Towards Carn Brea`not only gives the flavour of his work at the time, but also indicates that countryside and seascape are knocking at the suburban door here, so that these works are townscapes and landscapes combined, Blagg`s subject matter is
found in the heartless granite terraces of Redruth, the surrounding fields and mine dumps, in mine engine houses, furzey hedgegrows with brass bedsteads in lieu of farm gates. It takes an exceptional artist to find inspiration here: to rise above the
overwhelming melancholy of industry dead and gone – of subsistence farming, but Blagg does allow himself the luxury of painting the neighbouring sea-coast, indulging in positively `Lanyonesque` gestural works with their freely brushed imagery. These are unique.
In 1963 or thereabouts, I arranged an exhibition of Blagg`s work in the lower gallery at Newlyn, where, I recall, it looked well. It was impossible at time to discern what he might do in the future or where his talent might take him? Over thirty years on, I now look forward to seeing the answer.'
Michael Canney ( Curator; Newlyn Art Gallery/Broadcaster B.B.C. Bristol) September 1996
Peter Blagg exhibited at the Newlyn Art Gallery in 1963.
An artist identified as F Blair exhibited a painting in the Summer Exhibition at NAG in 1926. This artist may or may not be the same person as Frances M BLAIR in the next entry.
Frances Blair produced watercolours and woodcuts. Before her move to Cornwall she was based in Edinburgh and was a member of the Scottish Society of Artists.
Born in Padstow, Cornwall, she became the wife of Samuel Blake. In the 1891 Census, she is identified as living at 55 High Street, Falmouth, and as a teacher of Art Needlework.
2013 NEW INFORMATION JUST ARRIVED: Can anyone confirm or give further information about this artist?
'My husband bought a Justin Blake from the artist in the 1960's. I found another which I bought 20 years ago. Justin Blake was missing and his body was found down a tin mine. An artist in Lamorna told us this and that this is why his output was reduced.'
Previous inquirers: Three welcome correspondents have contributed the following memories:
A. 'I noted the entry of the painting The Talisman fishing boat Mousehole, for this artist. My daughter did see this painting for sale a few years ago in an art gallery in Mousehole and was interested, because I have a small original, oil on board bought from the artist in Mousehole during the 1960's. It depicted the harbour showing the Lobster Pot Hotel which sadly, has now been redeveloped. I spent several holidays there. My late husband used to go out shark fishing on The Talisman with Frank and Phillip the owners of the boat. I bought the painting at the time when the artist was short of money and had a small child. I have wondered what happened to him. I believe he used the name 'Justin Blake' as there was an artist of a similar name to his real name - which I do not know - painting at the same time in St Ives.' (2011)
B. Another correspondent (2012) writes that he would also like to know more about Justin Blake and what has happened for him. He has a painting that he bought from the artist in the 1960s, which hangs again in his study after a few years in the attic until a recent move. He met the artist painting at the harbour in Mousehole, and came back the following day to collect the finished subject.
C. A third correspondent (2012) writes from Adelaide, Australia: About 15 years ago, I walked into a second-hand shop near my home, and saw a painting hanging on the wall. I had to buy it as it brought back many memories. The painting looks towards The Lobster Pot and a row of buildings behind. From memory I think Andrew's Street runs behind it. In the forefront is a circular area of sea, with a couple of small boats tied up. It is signed by Justin Blake on the the front. On the back is a label saying,`Orignal oil by JUSTIN BLAKE,SEASCAPES,FISHING VILLAGES, STORM AND WRECK. Studio at Wavecrest, Mousehole, Cornwall, England.
The above raise very interesting questions, and if anyone can help, many thanks in advance. We must all remember that this is now half a century ago, and barring any detail of birth, death, etc. and even his full name, it is doubtful that we will hear from him now? Artprice Index list one painting by Justin Blake as having been sold in 2005: Boats moored at Mousehole.