Please note: There are at least two artists named Gordon Allen, the sculptor reviewed below, and a Devon-based painter in Brixham, who exhibits paintings in galleries around the southwest and on-line, including Newquay, Cornwall. There is always the possibility of some confusion where artists of the same name exhibit work in the area.
Gordon Allen, artist and sculptor, is also a professional engineer and metal worker. He has lived in Cornwall for about 15 years, having set up his studio in one of the railway outbuildings in St Ives.
Gordon learned his trade and craft in the workshops of the Midlands. Many years in the aircraft industry, especially in aircraft construction, led to particular interest in the use of engineering techniques in sculpture. Gordon has an obvious love for metals which is evident from his work. Aluminium, copper, stainless steel - the colours, textures and reflections are deftly shaped and blended. The finished works gleam and vibrate with the vision and energy of the sculptor. In contrast, the natural stone pieces show a deep perception and contemplation of forms.
Finally, the flowing lines of the white sculptures represent a deep peace reflecting the inner vision of a man whose translation of life travels beyond the usual conformity of the modern world. Gordon has exhibited widely including: RA, RGI, RHA, RWEA, Hesketh Hubbard Art Society and has had many private and ecclesiastical commissions. [from The Cornishman]
Allen was born in Sheffield, and studied at Sheffield School of Art. He is a new entry to the CAI, and found only through a picture search of auction catalogues to find subjects of identifiable Cornish content. Further research will follow and is invited from anyone able to provide information about Allen's visits to Cornwall.
Correspondent (2012) writes: 'Harry Allen was a great friend of my grandfather the St Ives artist W A GUNN. They met in Sheffield in the twenties I think - certainly before my grandparents moved to St Ives. He and my g'father primarily painted together on trips to Ireland and Derbyshire. His paintings in Cornwall will almost definitely have been produced during visits to their home in St Ives.'
Jess Allen was born in Bridport. She studied initially at Camberwell College of Arts and then at Falmouth School of Art where she obtained a BA (Hons) in Fine Art. She lives with her husband, a sculptor, and two children, in Penwith. Her preferred genre is still-life, which allows her to focus on the study of simple everyday objects, seeking to convey (in the words of De Chirico) 'both a sense of presence and absence'.
Born near Truro, she trained at Falmouth School of Art and then Stafford University.
The artist is listed as a member of NSA (2010). A solo show of his work, 'Silent Rhythms' was mounted by the Millennium Gallery, St Ives.
Born in London, the artist studied at the Slade, in Munich and in Paris (1910-12). He travelled widely to paint landscapes, and his painting Spring Riot, Cornwall (1940) was selected as part of the Looking West Exhibition in 1987. Though included in this representative show at Newlyn and the Royal College of Art, there is no documentation of dates when he was working in Cornwall.
His paintings Derelict Clay Pit, Cornwall and Valley of Treen show time away from his London homebase. He designed posters for British Railways (BR), as many West Country artists did. Buckman comments on his sportsmanship (skiing and climbing) and his pleasure in travelling.
Allison studied art at the Royal College of Art, and is primarily known for portraits and figure studies. An early appointment was as Headmaster of Putney School of Art.
From 1901 he served as Headmaster of the Penzance School of Art until 1907, when he departed to take up another educational post (as Principal at the Portsmouth Municipal School of Art); he also became President of the Portsmouth and Hampshire Art Society.
In June 1913 he returned to the Penzance area, acting as HM School Inspector, to render a report on the falling numbers of day students at the School. (The primary reason for the decline was the independent offering by artists of lessons from their own studios and 'schools' in the area.)
Born in Windsor, Allnutt studied at the Slade and at Bushey, and in Paris, where her sister Mabel Allnutt had also attended classes in the ateliers. By 1912, Emily had arrived in St Ives and shared Rose Lodge Studio, Wharf Road with artist friend Alice Hogarth NICHOLSON.
Her first exhibition locally was on Show Day 1912 at St Ives. The two women moved on to Gerrards Cross in 1915, and Allnutt did not return to live in St Ives until 1924, moving on to nearby Carbis Bay in 1931 (Tovey pp 188-9). She was a founder member of STISA and also a member of the Society of Women Artists SWA.
Born in London, England, Allom was apprenticed in 1819 to the architect Francis Goodwin. He was a founder member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), and produced designs for buildings in London, which he carried out himself, as well as working with the architect Sir Charles Barry on numerous projects.
He produced many illustrations for publications of a topographical nature in the mid 1800s, including Devonshire and Cornwall Illustrated