Davison was a Cambridge graduate, who began his creative life as a poet. In the mid-1940s he was invited to St Ives by Patrick HERON, and decided there that art would pull him forward to life as an artist. At first this was drawing and painting and this work was abstract in the modernist tradition, simple and beautiful in both colour and structure. His brief first marriage had broken up prior to coming to Cornwall and here he met his second wife, Margaret MELLIS, whose marriage to Adrian STOKES the writer, was also coming apart. The two married and on honeymoon went to Venice, where they both used the opportunity to paint. Soon after they moved to the south of France (Cap d'Antibes), and then upon return to Britain they moved to Suffolk where they would spend the rest of their lives, though exhibiting elsewhere.
From 1952 Davison's art became that of collagist, and he never returned to painting. His skill with torn paper and colours juxtaposed on one another is acknowledged as supreme of its kind. There is much on the internet about his skill and promise, though to this day he remains undiscovered as the major talent that he is considered. The Goldmark videos on YouTube, are excellent and instructive of his unfettered vision.
Dawson studied at Shipley School of Art and at the Forbes School. He was later Headmaster of Bingley, Nelson and Accrington Schools of Art, and lived in Accrington, Lancashire.
From an address in London (1889-91), the artist exhibited three paintings at the RBA. Although she is mentioned in Whybrow's 1883-1900 list of artists in and around St Ives, nothing further is currently known about her.
Bob Dawson's sculptures have been inspired by environmental and maritime issues taken from studies of the South West coast line. Available in bronze and ceramic, they are extremely tactile and rich in surface texture. These abstract works combine natural and manmade forms. They are ideally suited to alfresco and corporate gardens, or in open office space. Clients can choose from small runs of limited edition or by private commission.
'I draw inspiration for my work from the marine and coastal areas of the South West. Observing the sea in all weathers, sketching wave motion, capturing by interpretation the constantly moving forces that shape and reshape our coastline. Weathered rock formations and rugged surface textures provide a rich vein of inspiration driving my creative energies. A lifelong interest in the human form is an ever-present passion. It forms the structure of my sculptures,sometimes hidden, yet manifesting itself in surrealist.'
Born in Whitby, she moved to St Ives with her husband, William Cave DAY, in 1918-19. A founder member of STISA, she lived at Wheal Venture, Trelyon before moving to Lynwood, Carbis Bay. In 1937 she exhibited unspecified crafts in the Arts & Crafts exhibition at NAG.
A Yorkshireman, the artist studied painting under Benjamin Constant and Jules Lefebvre, and M Chapu for modelling. He also worked under Professor Herkomer at Bushey. He was married to the artist Kathleen Georgina Maclellan DAY.
Working from St Ives in 1890, he exhibited his first RA painting Gossips in St Ives, Cornwall that year. Though he worked chiefly in Yorkshire (Harrogate and Knaresborough) where he spent much of his life, in 1918-19 he returned to West Cornwall to settle at St Ives and Carbis Bay for the final five years of his life, painting across Cornwall up to his death.
A Memorial Exhibition was held at the Municipal Art Gallery, Plymouth soon after he died, and at the March Show Day in St Ives in 1924 he was reviewed for his 'interesting picture of a Fish Sale, a busy group on the slipway near to the Sloop. There is the movement of the market, and from behind the houses the Mariners Church looks down.' Another showed an old farmhouse bathed in subdued autumn sunshine. His best picture was considered to be a small canvas of some naked boys bathing from sunlit rocks, with a sea glorious in its colour.
Born in London, Day's first involvement in formal art study was in relation to embroidery and design at the London School of Fashion (1969-71) before completing a Foundation Course at St Martins School of Art. In 1973 she came to Cornwall in order to study Fine Art at the Falmouth School of Art & Design, where she was awarded her BA (Hons).
Her breakthrough into exhibiting was through a solo exhibition at Falmouth Art Gallery in 1998. From that time she has exhibited widely and works from her home studio at Flushing near Falmouth. She is well known for her plant studies and still lifes which are a direct response to the natural world around her.
The artist was one of two brothers, Gustave and Alfred, both of whom were prolific landscape artists. Gustave was born on 24 April, 1859 in London, and died there on 26 May, 1931, age 64 (GRO). All seven of his RA exhibits between 1878 and 1887 were seascapes, with one canvas in 1886 depicting a Newlyn title.
Of the brothers, Alfred is considered the greater talent and achievement (Brook-Hart); however there is no evidence of his presence or painting in West Cornwall.
Anne-Cecile de Bruyne spent childhood holidays on the Lizard Peninsula. She studied art in Florence and was a student at Chelsea Art School in the early 1960s. She lives in Cadgwith with her husband, the artist Peter FLUCK and, having raised a family, is able to devote more time nowadays to painting abstracts in acrylics, inspired by the dramatic coastline of the Lizard Peninsula.
Born Wilfrid von Glehn in Sydenham, London, his father was an Estonian coffee importer and his mother was French. He studied briefly at South Kensington School of Art (c1889), and then for six years at the Ecole des Beaux Art in Paris under Elie DELAUNAY and Gustave MOREAU.
He began to exhibit at the 1895 Paris Salon and at the Galerie Durand-Ruel (New York). In the 1890s he was to make a close friend of the artist John Singer Sargent, whose influence had a lasting effect upon his work, and went to America to assist him with a mural commission for the Boston Public Library.
In 1904 he married Jane EMMETT (aka Jean), an American from a distinguished New York family of artists whom he had met the previous year. They honeymooned in Cornwall, his first visit having been in 1901. From 1905 until 1914 the couple travelled throughout Europe and America before joining the British Red Cross staff in France in 1915.
On their return to England the following year he was commissioned in the Artists Rifles, and seconded to the Front in Italy in 1917. That year the family changed its name from von G to De Glehn. Returning to England in 1919, he held a solo exhibition at the Leicester Galleries. In 1921, after spending some time in Cornwall the previous year, a one man show in New York was mounted.
In 1923 he spent the summer in Cornwall before travelling again to France; thereafter he established a 'remote Cornish studio' to which he came with regularly 'with his charming American wife'. Jean also painted but did not display her work publicly ('Round the Studios', The Artist, 1932).
In 1942 the family moved to Wiltshire. He painted, travelled and exhibited widely, and during visits to Cornwall painted around Falmouth, Polperro and Cadgwith.
Hailing from a distinguished New York family of artists and writers (her cousin was Henry JAMES), Jane EMMETT studied at New York's Art Students League and in Paris. After her marriage to Wilfred Gabriel DE GLEHN (in 1904) she continued to paint but not exhibit. She became part of the Anglo-American circle surrounding John Singer SARGENT, often travelling with him, and strongly influenced by him stylistically.
A recent correspondent (Oct 2012) wrote:
Just one thing - her nickname is wrong and she would have been appalled to be thought of as 'Jean' She was Jano, pronounced Jayno. And if you want to hear what she sounded like, just listen to any recording of Gore Vidal's voice. He spoke as his and my great aunts did. Some grammatical differences too. Not " somebody else's" but " somebody's eltze" I can still hear her reading me Brer Rabbit sitting on the arch of the Devil's Frying Pan here by my garden.
Described in the Cornishman as 'a successful Penzance artist', her first appearance in the NAG Sales records occurred in 1903 when she exhibited Sunlight (sold to a buyer from London).
Further she exhibited and sold Garden (Dec 1905) at NAG. In 1909 her address was in Dublin, from which she sent-in work to the RHA.
A London-based painter who exhibited floral pieces in a wide variety of venues, Whybrow noted her presence in St Ives between 1921 and 1939. No further information is currently available.
The younger of two artist brothers born in Ghent, Belgium, Leon (1881-1966) and Gustave (1877-1943) de Smet both studied at the Academia in Belgium under Delvin.
When the First World War started, Gustave went to Amsterdam and Leon to London. Gustave's work moved from Impressionism to Expressionism after the War, whilst Leon remained something of an Impressionist. Though nothing is specifically known as yet about where Leon associated himself in Cornwall, his interests are logged in the titles of his paintings, one of which is Coast of Cornwall (1920).
Nadine de Villiers Kuun's work captures the essence of the rugged Cornish coast while touching on the subtle beauty and history of its hidden colour and detail.
Recorded by the St Ives Times as exhibiting at the March 1923 Show Day, he lived at Abbey Cottage, St Ives for a period, but no further information is currently available.
Artist wife of Allan DEACON, who served on the Ladies Committee of STIAC (1906) and was a Captain for the Golfing Team in that same year. Nothing further is known about her particular artistic interests at this stage.
The artist studied art in Paris, and by 1889 was living at 6 Bellair Terrace in St Ives. However, his sending-in address remained in Paris until 1895 (J&G). A strong member of the Artists' Cricket Team from 1901, he was given a complimentary dinner for services to the Cricket Club in 1912 .
In 1903 he became President of the St Ives Arts Club, and In the same year also became Captain of the West Cornwall Golf Club. His painting Sabot Makers was exhibited at Show Day, March 1909. After his term as President of the Arts Club, he served on the Hanging Committee for Lanham's Gallery. A studio fire in the early 1920s destroyed a large quantity of his paintings.
Deacon is a semi-abstract painter who is based in Drakewalls, east Cornwall.
The artist was a student at the Falmouth College of Art, and graduated in 1988, following up her degree with further studies at the Slade. She is a recognised figure in the art world since becoming a nominee for the Turner Prize (1998). Living now primarily in Berlin, her visual work is largely with film and filmography, though it includes drawing, painting and writings as well ('asides').
A solo show of her work was mounted in 2005 by the Tate St Ives.
Born in Brighton, Margaret Deans attended Hove County Grammar School and after training at Hastings School of Nursing became a registered nurse in 1964. Subsequently she qualified as a Nurse Tutor, and gained an MA in Curriculum Development at Sussex University. Deans moved to Cornwall in 1987, and now lives and works in the west of the county. In 2010 she completed a BA (Hons) with the Open University in Art History, having taken up painting in 2001. She acknowledges the influences of Howard Hodgkin, Patrick Heron, Matisse and Picasso. She believes it is the changing light that fuels her painting practice, primarily focussed on colour. For her the sense of the Cornish landscape is expressed in abstract shapes.
Margaret Deans' paintings are held in private collections not only in the UK but also in the USA and New Zealand.
Pamela Dearing's work explores the draw of the light, patterns and colours of the world around her.
Tamsin Dearing is a professional artist, who specialises in pencil and pastel portraiture. She is an art tutor who also delivers workshops for children and adults in a range of creative activities such as printing, sculpture and textile art.