A former nun (and a niece of Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin) who came to some fame when she wrote I Leap Over the Wall (1949), which was her autobiographical 'return to the world after twenty-eight years in a convent' (sub-title). This book, published by Hamish Hamilton, went through at least 10 impressions, selling around the world.
She arrived in Cornwall in the late 1940s and moved into a cottage, described by her as 'my Cottage-in-the-Clouds' (Trevelioc) just below Flagstaff Cottage at Lamorna. She was attracted to the artistic community and particularly Samuel John Lamorna BIRCH, taking some painting lessons with him. According to his daughter, Mornie BIRCH, her father found Baldwin quite irritating.
She continued to write, and in the late 1950s published a novel based on her life as a nun: The Called and the Chosen. By the 1960s she had moved away to the Channel Islands, where she subsequently died by her own hand.
Exeter born and Exeter College of Art graduate, Ray Balkwill has a permanent exhibition of paintings at The Studio Gallery in Exmouth, Devon called 'Captivated by the Cornish Landscape'. Along with his latest art book, A Picture of Cornwall – Contemporary Artists and the Inspirational Landscape, visitors can experience his love of the West Country in all the small coves, inlets and moorland.
Recorded in Whybrow's 1901-10 list of artists in and around St Ives, with no further information at this time.
Rebecca Ball creates one-off pieces featuring topographical and imaginary landscapes in stitched paper collage, using vintage maps and paper ephemera.
An artist of this name exhibited in Penzance in June 1996 at The Bakehouse Gallery in Penzance.
A correspondent (2016) who knew Mary Ball when she was living in Greenwich, London, in the 1970s, has provided further information on this artist. She moved to Cornwall in 1994, making her home initially in Newlyn and subsequently settling in Penzance, where she died. The Bakehouse Gallery exhibition catalogue is entitled 'Mary Ball - Recent Textiles' and states: 'This work is to do with time and chance and change. It is in process of becoming. It takes ideas from landscape.'
The correspondent describes Mary Ball as a pioneer in her field, who often felt alone and an outsider.
A retrospective exhibition of her work is to be held in the Constance Howard Gallery at Goldsmiths University of London in early 2019 (see EXHIBITIONS below for details).
Sarah Ball was born in Rotherham, South Yorkshire and studied Illustration at Newport Art College. Subsequently she obtained a Master of Fine Arts from Bath Spa University. She spent several years working as an illustrator whose clients included the Royal National Theatre. She moved to Wales in 1996 but currently (2017) lives near Penzance.
She is a tutor at Newlyn School of Art (2020).
Ball's work concerns the visual language of the storyteller. Her sources include museum curios, Victorian taxidermy, studio and police photography. The sources are re-cast, creating new characters in imagined scenarios.
She has won a number of awards, including the 'Best from Wales' winner of the National Open Art Competition in 2012, and the Welsh Artist of the Year in 2013. She was shortlisted for the Threadneedle Prize ini 2015.
Her work has been exhibited widely, not only in the UK, but also in the USA.
Born in Birmingham, her father was Dr J D Ballance. She studied at the Slade and in Paris. The family moved to St Ives just before WWI, and she was exhibiting at Show Days in St Ives by 1919. Her address in St Ives in 1925 was 1 Albany Terrace, from which she submitted two paintings, L'Epousee and Le soir to the Paris Salons.
She, like her brother Percy BALLANCE, worked from 1 Piazza Studios, and she continued to play a part in West Cornwall (St Ives) arts activities until well into the 1960s. Nevertheless, she also exhibited at NAG. J&G give sending-in addresses for her in Petersfield, Hampshire (1928) and Cheltenham (1929). Her close friend and companion was the artist Louisa Margaret LARKING. She was also a Justice of the Peace (JP).
Born in Birmingham, his father was Dr J D Ballance and he was the brother of Marjorie Heudebourck BALLANCE. Educated at Gresham School, Holt, Norfolk, he studied art at the Slade School.
In St Ives he lived at 'The Croft', Carbis Bay, and worked from 1 Piazza Studios. At the St Ives Show Day of 1924 he displayed three paintings: one of a rough sea, another of Dordrecht, and a smaller one of Godrevy and the Towans lit up by the after-glow.
In 1925-6 his address was at Bellyars Lane, St Ives. Later he moved to Gloucestershire (1927) and Wells, Somerset (1932).
Jilly Ballantyne was born in Scotland and graduated from Gray's School of Art in 1989. In 1994 she moved to the Cote d'Azur, where she painted and taught art, hosting summer painting holidays at Matisse's former villa. It was here that she took part in the BBC Modern Masters TV series, with Alistair Sooke.
Ballantyne now lives in Cornwall, with a studio in Truro. She teaches art all over Cornwall, including hosting art weekends at the Hotel Tresanton in St Mawes. Her work has been exhibited widely in Cornwall, London and France.
Born in London, the artist studied at the Chelsea School of Art in the early 1980s before continuing her studies at the Bath Academy of Art, Corsham. In 1983 on a Gane Trust Travel Scholarship for sculpture, she went to Carrara, Italy, and in 1986 she took up a student internship at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum & Gallery in Venice. Her work is concerned primarily with the interrelationship of two- and three-dimensional forms and their expression in art.
On returning to Britain, Ballard set up her studio in Scotland, remaining there for five years prior to moving to Penzance. 1991 marked the start of a long association with the London gallery England & Co. where her work was exhibited in a number of group and solo shows. Her work has also been seen at the Royal Academy Summer Show, Cadogan Contemporary, and a series of London Art Fairs. In Autumn of 2013 two of her canvases were selected by Liz Anderson, art editor of 'The Spectator', for inclusion in 'The Discerning Eye' at the Mall Galleries.
While her influences acknowledge respect for the Cornish modernist tradition of Naum GABO, Peter LANYON and John WELLS, Ballard's art practice continues to evolve in accordance with her own personal vision. In 2010 she exhibited at the Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, with a tribute exhibition to the work of John TUNNARD. Her first solo show in Cornwall opened in December 2013 at Truro's Lemon Street Gallery.
Ballinger was born and raised in Gloucestershire, where he trained first as a draughtsman and engineer at Gloucester College, before taking classes at the Stroud School of Art. In Gloucestershire he was an art projects teacher and also a founder member of the Co-Optic Studios near Stroud. In 1999 he came to live in Cornwall, since which time he has exhibited widely in the USA and London, at RA Summer Exhibitions and with the NSA locally, of which Society he is an elected member.
Richard lives in Mousehole, and in 2010 he was an art tutor on a Baltic cruise ship with colleague Jesse Leroy SMITH. The tutorial assignment enabled visits to northern museums and galleries along the way, notably in Oslo where he viewed Munch's recently returned The Scream.
His exhibition, 'The Man Who Fell to Earth', was on show on the Ramp Wall of The Exchange, Penzance until 31 December, 2010. His work, Improvisation, is mentioned in Ruhrmund's review of the 2011 NSA show, 'Uncharted Landscapes', at the Mariners Chapel, St Ives.
Two of Ballinger's constructions were due to be installed at Goonhilly Earth Station in 2016.
Born in Huddersfield, the artist studied at Royal College of Art and Julian's Academy in Paris. His address in 1917 is given as Gt Eccleston near Garstang.
He was living at Meadow House, St Ives when he exhibited Boats at Anchor, St Ives at the RA in 1924. Originally he had been an architect, and was proficient on the violin and viola. In the late 1920s he moved to Lancashire to become Headmaster of Morecambe School of Art. By 1938 he was living in Blackpool.
Bamber exhibited a painting at Newlyn Art Gallery in 1926, and simultaneously was listed solely as 'Bamber' in the pupil list of the FORBES SCHOOL. In 1937, after a gap of eleven years, another entry at NAG, Kynance Cove, was shown for the artist. An undated painting of Cornish Cliffs (oil on canvas) is part of the collection of the Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro.
Recorded in the Cornishman in 1943 as a Marazion (Cornwall) artist exhibiting in Canada.
Ginnie Bamford has been a long time potter working from the Sloop Craft Market in St Ives, producing beautiful, simple tableware, hand turned and decorated in quiet, floral designs. Though working and exhibiting from her Pottery workshop until retirement in 2004, her commissioned work has meant travelling around Cornwall for exhibition and display in museums and galleries. Her table settings have been used for museum purposes such as the dining room at Pendennis Castle, and in National Trust Properties. Simone Slater took over her workshop in 2005, selling a variety of ceramics and some jewellery.
In Truro in the 1980s and '90s she was part of the exhibition and sales group of the Guild of Ten craft workers. She married in the late '80s and is now known as Ginnie Harrison. At that point her pottery mark changed. (Digital Museum of Cornish Ceramics)
Rose Bamford is based in Bude, north Cornwall. The subjects of her oil paintings include landscapes, birds, fish and boats.
A painter of landscapes, of Heanor, Nottinghamshire in 1921 (J&G), the coastal painting of St Michael's Mount, dated 1921, indicates that he was working in the area at this time, or shortly before.
Bampfield was born in Kidderminster. Circumstances prevented him from gaining an art school education and he entered the local carpet industry. In 1966 he moved, first to London and soon after to Cornwall, making his home on the north coast. Fascinated by the sea, he began to develop his natural artistic ability and rapidly built up a considerable reputation. He has exhibited at the Camel Valley Gallery in Wadebridge.
In 1997, Serena Banham paid homage to her native home with an exhibition entitled 'Land's End: A Collection of Landscapes', shown in London at The Gallery, Portobello Road.
Her work was shown in a solo exhibition in November 2001 at the Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro.
The National Maritime Museum of Cornwall at Falmouth gave Banham their first commission to photograph and exhibit her photographs. 'The Sea' was executed during 2003-4.
The essence of Claire Banks' painting is colour and energy inspired by many sources including her travels.
Name referred by Great Atlantic Map Works, St Just, as a painter-artist who exhibits with them. She was an Artist in Residence at Cape Cornwall over the years 2002-9, and now lives in Hereford.
Born in Nova Scotia of British parentage, she was the daughter of the Governor General of the province, A G Jones. She studied painting with Forshaw Day before marrying the landscape painter Hamlet BANNERMAN and coming to Europe with him. By 1891 they were living at Holbein, Alexandra Road, Penzance. She exhibited at both the RA and the RBA.
Her titles include Grandmother's Treasures (1891) and Edge of the Woods, both of which may have been painted in West Cornwall. Later she is reported as living in Great Marlow and in London, where she died.
Born in Marylebone, London, the 1891 Census lists him as an Artist Painter living in Penzance. Benezit notices only his work prior to this move to Cornwall, giving dates of fl 1879-81. By 1890 Bannerman and his wife were living in Great Marlow, Buckinghamshire. His style of social realism fitted well into the Newlyn style of story-telling paintings.
An oil painting of The Cathedral, Truro, executed in 1996, by this artist, is part of the collection housed by the Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro.
Born in Leicester, the artist is known to have worked in Birmingham and later in Chelsea, London. A Newlyn subject is found, dated 1884, by Bednar. Barber died in London on the 12 June, 1892, age 56 (GRO). His exhibition dates were given as 1880-89 (Graves). Tovey reports two of his paintings to be of St Ives subjects in his Study Day Notes (2006).
Portrait of a Boy (after John Opie) by Barber is part of the art collection at the Lawrence House Museum, Launceston.