Denys Maurice Orlando Prideaux LAW

Denys Maurice Orlando Prideaux LAW
1907
1981

Born in Pangbourne in Berkshire, Law was the son of an architect but his parents separated when he was quite young and he lived for a while with his mother and sister in Quimper in Brittany. His mother May LAW (Maisie), herself a keen amateur artist, encouraged his interest in art.

He was educated at St Petroc's School, Rock in North Cornwall, which was owned by a Miss Vivian who had a house in Lamorna. His family probably holidayed with her in Lamorna in these early years. Later he trained as an electrical engineer at Faraday House, worked in the Home Counties during WWII.

After the war, he moved down to Lamorna with his second wife, Ann, as his sister was now the landlady of The Wink public house in the village. He took up painting full time, supplementing his income with a variety of odd jobs including fishing, copperwork, carving wood and making furniture, whilst his wife used a loom to weave textiles.  He was greatly influenced by the leaders of the Lamorna artistic community, but did not take lessons with either  Lamorna BIRCH or Stanley GARDINER, preferring to approach the artistic challenges of the Valley on his own terms.

media

Painter, copperwork, carved wood and furniture maker

works and access

Works include: Wooded Pool and Cottage - The stream Lamorna; Woodland Path (col pl, Hardie 2009); Snow in Lamorna Valley (Ltd ed of 200, col print)

exhibitions

STISA

WCAA Founding Art Auction (2004), Queen's Hotel (Donated print)

memberships

STISA 1949-81

 NSA

misc further info

 

references

Hardie (1995) 100 Years in Newlyn: Diary of a Gallery

Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall

Newton et al (2005) Painting at the Edge

Tovey (2003) Creating a Splash

WH Lane (2004) Sales Catalogue (WCAA)

Wood (1994) Hidden Talents, Neglected Artists

Wormleighton (1995) A Painter Laureate

The Lamorna Society