Jane trained originally as a nurse at St Thomas' Hospital, London, while also studying art and theatre set design at Morley College in Lambeth (near the Hospital). Her interests were always creative and artistic, and though she did not ever earn a living from her painting, after her retirement from West Cornwall Hospital, Penzance, she spent all of her time in the studio, working with both oils and acrylics, and various forms of mixed media, including collage and tiling.
Especially successful at creating stylish mosaic tiled table tops, her work was often seen in mixed shows and small galleries and sales of work. An admitted amateur, Jane was an outgoing and enthusiastic spinster lady who made friends easily and treated them to great hospitality. An excellent cook, her parties were always peopled with hungry artists and others who were engaged in some form of creative cultural life. A committed Christian, she attended services regularly at Zennor Parish Church and is buried in Zennor Church Yard, beside the grave of the famed artist, Patrick HERON. Special friends of Jane's in life were Rose HILTON, Alix KALMA, and Lamorna KERR amongst many others.
A painter in oils who exhibits with Gallery Tresco, Isles of Scilly, as one of her exhibition venues. She comments, 'Since my last trip to the island, a range of blue and turquoise hues have taken over my palette, the patterns of light, seaweed and marine life in the shallow waters are a never ending source of inspiration for me.' Her work is ethereal, abstracted but also recognisable through its titles which are aptly chosen: Chorus of Light, The Grace of the Shallows, Skyward, etc.
Aldridge was born in Teddington, Middlesex, and studied at Kingston School of Art (1933-38) and the Regent Street Polytechnic. Although primarily a watercolourist, she worked in a number of styles, and also wrote and illustrated children's books (despite severe arthritis). Exhibiting widely, she worked with her husband, the painter William WARE, on the restoration of paintings, frames and porcelain for which they were highly regarded. During the war years she lived in St Ives and became a member of STISA. She wrote a book on porcelain. Her son, Martin WARE, was also an artist.
The artist was associated with St Ives ( STIAC 1923, from India) and worked from Downalong Studio. She is probably the Mrs Alexander who exhibited Johannah (1923) and Mrs Cuneo (1924).
London-born Algar attended Wimbledon School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools before coming to St Ives in 1976 to live and paint. From 1994 to 1996 she had a spell working in the United States, exhibiting in San Diego, California and Dallas, Texas. On returning to Cornwall she settled in Marazion, where she now lives. Her work has been exhibited at the Rainyday Gallery, Penzance. Her interior scenes are noted for their muted hues and restrained subject matter.
Her Memorial service was held in Marazion in May 2013, and donations to celebrate her life were given to W.S.P.A. (Big Bear Rescue).
The work of this artist is included in the University College Falmouth Art Collection.
Ida Marjorie Alington nee Bland was born in Duffield, Derbyshire. As yet, nothing is known about her early life or studies. However in 1923 in Belper, Derbyshire she married the Rev Julius Hugh Alington (1875-1966), a younger son of Julius Alington, Lord of the Manor of the Manor of Little Barford, Bedfordshire and St Neots, Hunts.
In the early 1940s Alington lived in a studio on Porthmeor beach in St Ives until it was overwhelmed by the sand. In 1944 she became a student of Phil Whiting, after exhibiting with STISA in 1943, later becoming a member.
A family correspondent has contributed information that she lived for a period at the White House, Newlyn but that from the 1950s she lived in Mariners Cottage, Penzance, where she died in 1963.
Tony Allain was born in the Channel Islands and has been painting for over 30 years.
Completely self-taught he is a firm believer in painting direct from nature. His subjects are varied, ranging from still life, street and town scenes, marine and landscapes. With an interest in light and atmosphere, he paints with a brisk impressionist style which is suited to the use of oils, although he also works in pastels and water colours.
Tony has exhibited widely and some of his work forms a permanent display at the Maritime Museum in Guernsey. He was recently commissioned to provide a series of paintings for the Queen Mary cruise liner. Tony has been elected as an active member of the Royal Watercolour Societies Art Club and has had many solo and group exhibitions. He now lives and works in Cornwall.
Born in Glasgow, the son of a publisher, he first studied art in that city before working in Paris at Julian's Atelier (1875-81) and under Cabanel at the Ecole des Beaux Arts. He settled back in Glasgow (1881) while continuing to travel widely, painting what he saw around him and specializing in landscapes.
Preferring sea-side places, he spent time painting in St Ives, Cornwall. Charles St John praised a painting of his in The New Age (Vol 4, pp 288), saying 'R W Allan's The Wild North Sea is a rich sympathetic picture of grey rough weather.'
Jessica Allan works from Krowji Studios, Redruth, to create textural pictures from found and vintage fabrics. She attempts to capture the spirit of Cornwall through depictions of cottages, boats and marine life.
Monica Allan creates handbuilt ceramics, using pinching, coiling and slabbing methods. The finished pieces have a tactile and sculptural quality, rather like that of beach pebbles. She works from a studio in Mawnan Smith.
Susan Allanson is a sculptor based in Buryas Bridge near Penzance.
Allbright works from her studio at Hawkwood, Lamorna, near Penzance. Her artist's statement in 2009 reads 'Working in Japan over the last five years has enabled me to focus and develop drawings, paintings and mixed media which are part of a current series, BodyMaps, that records a dialogue with nature and architecture, used in the work as a metaphor for acceptance and belonging in each culture.' After studying at Falmouth College of Art, Allbright went on to Manchester Metropolitan University, obtaining a BA (Hons) in Printed Textiles. In 1971 she undertook a postgraduate degree in Design in Birmingham. Her 'Ladybird on a Bicycle' was voted one of the top ten children's books in 1982. In 1999 she received the Cornwall County Council Travel Award/Funding for an exhibition at Bankaku Gallery, Nagoya, Japan. In 2012 she was awarded the International Drawing Residency 'Zeichenworkshop' in Hanover, Germany. She has exhibited widely in Japan. Her work is held in private collections in Japan, Europe, the UK and USA.
Born in Devon, Mary Allen has lived in Cornwall from a very young age. The coastal waters around Gwithian and St Ives were a formative influence on her but it was only after retirement that she had the opportunity to devote more time to her painting. Her first solo exhibition was held in 2007.
Her marine studies are painted from her studio at St Hilary Churchtown, near Penzance. She is a regular exhibitor at the Harbour Gallery in Portscatho.
Alison Allen is a ceramicist working from a studio in Devoran, near Truro. Her work includes raku fired pieces.
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.
Christine Allen's work is shown regularly at STISA open exhibitions.
Allen was born at Stamford Hill, London, and taught to paint by her parents. Her father, Hugh Allen, was a well-known painter himself, and her grandfather was the publisher George Allen (Allen & Unwin). Coming from a very creative family, she began showing her work at the age of 13, and published two books as a child: A Child's Visions and The Birth of the Opal. She painted and drew fairies and religious subjects, and worked as an illustrator for many magazines, including The Illustrated London News, The Sketch, and The Tatler.
Apparently her precocity caused a sensation in London. Anthony Ludovici was not pleased, declaring in The New Age (October 9, 1913; 13:24:704) "She did go on and paint reasonably well, working in stained glass as well as drawing and painting". The newspapers in 1913 made much of time she spent in St Ives, under the headline 'The Celebrated Child Artist at St Ives', saying that she had become a familiar figure on the beach that summer. In London's Daily Mirror this 'news' accompanied two pictures of the artist and her sister on St Ives beach. She employed one of the Island studios, for a period, in St Ives.
Her work had a strong religious and spiritual element, and she completed pictures on site in a series of churches. [See Spirit of the Ages website for a selection of religious art]. She lived for many years in Chalford, Gloucestershire.
Martha Allen moved to West Cornwall from Bristol in the late 1980s, and established her own pottery at Marazion. She showed work from home-studio and also in many mixed exhibitions, creating large platters, bowls and ceramic masks in stoneware, on classical and cultural themes primarily referencing feminism and her love of animals.
For the Jamieson Library at Newmill, she created a remarkable wall mural in sculpted stoneware tiles on the theme of the 4th century heroine, Hypatia of Alexandria, in her chariot being driven through the marketplace. An archive of her personal writings is kept in the collections of the Library, and several distinguished pieces of her domestic ware are part of the Hypatia Collection of Women's Art.
Allen and her partner, both being musicians, now live and work in Yorkshire.
I work mostly in acrylics, sometimes mixed media, combining intuition, spontaneity and a sense of experimentation to create both subtle and complex surfaces of textures and colour. The inspiration for my work is often mundane and overlooked but to me contains a wealth of visual information. Often these sources are found in peeling paint on driftwood, a lichen covered rock, rusty metal. Through the process of texturing and paint layering, adding and subtracting, I endeavour to convey an emotion, a fleeting moment, the passage of time.
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]
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'.
Recent paintings of clothing explore ideas of femininity, sexuality and image.
Born near Truro, she trained at Falmouth School of Art and then Stafford University. From her studio in Blackwater she creates landscapes which reflect a close affinity with the natural world. She exhibits regularly in west Cornwall and her work is represented by Trelissick Gallery.
Exhibits her work at the Alverton Gallery. (2014) More information required.
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.'
Born in Brighton, Ben Allen left the UK aged 17 to spend a number of years travelling. His destinations included Indonesia and Mexico and on returning home, he set up a studio in Brighton, and began to sell his work.
A self-taught artist inspired by graffiti, tattoo art, record covers, the punk scene and 1970s culture, Allen is also a keen surfer and skater. He says: 'Create to rebel, to be empowered, to be part of something bigger than yourself.'
Allen's work has been exhibited widely not only in Cornwall, but in Bristol, Brighton and London, and further afield in Europe, Hong Kong, Australia and the USA.