Little is known of this artist. He was born somewhere in Europe and was possibly of Jewish extraction. He came to Britain just before the Second World War, working in London as an architect until the early 1950s. An inheritance enabled him to retire early to Newlyn, where he lived during the 1950s and 1960s and developed his skills as a self-taught artist. He was apparently an acquaintance of John TUNNARD. He has been described as a talented modernist painter whose significance may have been overlooked.
John Blackburn has lived and worked in Cornwall since 1969. His subjects include landscapes, seascapes and portraiture.
Keith first came to Cornwall in the early 1980s and has visited regularly ever since. In the 1990s he lived for a time in Newlyn and also at Cadgwith.
Keith's father was a sculptor. His own art studies were begun at Wakefield College of Art and continued at Neville's Cross in Durham. This he followed up by teaching arts and crafts for several year in the North of England.
Pamela Blackburn moved to Cornwall from Hampshire in 1969. She began painting in the 2000s and lives in Helston. She describes herself as largely a traditional and representational watercolourist.
Bednar has identified this artist as being born in Chester on 14 April, 1864 (GRO) who lived at 112 Fore Street, Newlyn for a decade from 1890. The 1891 Census lists him as S K M Blackburn, an Artist Painter, born in Cheshire lodging in the home of Eliza Trahair and her daughters, the latter being milliners and dressmakers. A fellow artist sharing the lodgings was Frederic MILLARD.
With the Cornish painters he exhibited at Dowdeswells (1890) and at Nottingham Castle (1894). At the 1895 opening at NAG: 'Mr Ireland B is represented by one of his Academy canvases, The Song of the Sea Birds and a new picture of Marazion Marsh, which is quite in his best manner.' Though no sales appear for the artist in the Sales Record of the Newlyn Art Gallery, Blackburne took part in 1902 exhibition organised for those associated with the Cornish colonies at Whitechapel Art Gallery in 1902, with his painting A Wind-swept Wessex Valley.
From Newlyn he moved on to Dorset, living near Poole in the village of Lilliput, where he died, age 83.
An art student working in the St Ives colony in the late 1890s (Tovey), who 'captivated local audiences with his mandolin playing.' He worked from Back Road Studio and contributed frequently to the social entertainments in the St Ives community. A colour plate of his Boat by the Wharf, St Ives (1897) is published in Tovey (p243). His sending-in address was nearby Lelant. Later he lived at Merlewood in Bournemouth, Hampshire.
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).