Barbara Wills was born in Sheffield and at age 16, with the early encourage of her grandfather, who also painted, entered the Sheffield College of Art. From there she went on two years later to the Royal College of Art which continued its classes during WWII at Ambleside in Cumbria.
With her diploma she taught art in schools in Dolgellau, Dagenham, and Basingstoke. At the latter she was to meet her future husband, Edward. During the 1950s and '60s she exhibited her paintings locally and also at the RA, before the couple moved to Cornwall to live at St Hilary, where Edward's family had lived for several generations.
In Cornwall Barbara became a loyal member of the NSA, holding her first solo exhibition in 1971 at the Newlyn Art Gallery.
Her obituary in the Cornishman (19 September 2013) concludes with the following:
'As well as gaining a reputation and following for her paintings - in which she captured a strong sense of the mood and movement of the moment - she also found the time, energy and enthusiasm to teach small groups of children in her studio and also to start and tutor for 22 years in Painting for Pleasure classes at Rosudgeon.'
Nigel Wills was born in Falmouth and the sea has been a formative influence in his life. He left school at 14 and after serving an apprenticeship at a local garage firm, he became a welder, working at Falmouth Docks and then at Compair Holmans in Camborne. Since 2011 he has begun to use his skills to create sculptures in steel of marine creatures. Each piece has its own individuality and character and is heat tempered to create a wonderful iridescent green-blue colour.
The son of Frederick J Wilmer, chemist and druggist of Wilmer & Co of Falmouth, four paintings by this artist were exhibited at the 150th Anniversary Exhibition at the RCPS in Falmouth (1983). He is credited with a triptych in the Warrior Chapel of Falmouth Parish church. In September 1900 he exhibited at the RCPS, and in 1906 Lake's Directory lists him as an artist living at 2 Park Crescent. Later he lived at Pennance Road, also in Falmouth.
Born in Lea Hall (Birmingham), the artist's initial sending-in address was in Birmingham, where she also exhibited with some frequency. From an address in Gloucester the artist exhibited Newlyn Harbour in 1904 at the RA. By 1910 she had returned to Birmingham and was again exhibiting there, though this was her last entry in The Year's Art.
Falmouth-based sculptor working in clay: 'Clay has a skin-like quality that is important because I like a figurative element in my work. At some point it ceases to be clay and takes on a character and personality that you endow it with...What is important for me is the historical connetion, a progression of development of forms, one relating to another. You can have a conversation through the work, making a spiritual contact and something visual between yourself and the material you are manipulating.'
Recorded as a new member of STISA in 1933 but had died by 26th January 1934.
One of three sisters, all of whom studied under Theresa Norah COPNALL.
Carys Wilson lives in Penzance. She has a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Kent Institute of Art & Design, a PGCE from the University of Exeter, and a postgraduate diploma in Fine Art from Cyprus College of Art. Her work has been exhibited widely throughout the UK, and in Cyprus. Her teaching experience is wide-ranging and she conducts art workshops for adults and children, and for those with learning disabilities.
A pupil of the FORBES SCHOOL in 1908-9. She also contributed an essay, entitled 'Well Water' to The PAPER CHASE (Vol 1) that year.
Paintings by this artist are included in the portrait collection at Helston Folk Museum. The two that are illustrated in the Public Foundation Catalogue are : Reverend Dr John Stevenson, First Perpetual Curate of Cury and Gunwalloe (1838-1846) and one of his wife.
Emma Saffy Wilson works from Porthmeor Studios in St Ives. Her 'hybrid' sculptures are inspired by mould growth.
The artist was born in Nottinghamshire at Whitwell, and studied at the Sheffield School of Art. His specialty was rustic scenes, and his chosen titles match similar ones in the Newlyn oervre: The Farmer's Daughter, The Light of the Cottage, Gathering Blackberries and Beside the Sea (a view from Trewarventh Street, Newlyn), etc. In 1881 he was lodging in Chelsea and working as a artist/draughtsman. At the age of 45 he was boarding in the home of a railwayman in Witley, Surrey. His studio was at Godalming, Surrey.
[From Falmouth AG Exh Cat 2000] 'Vincent has been exhibiting his work in Cornwall since 1962, when he moved from the North Wales and Lancashire area. He exhibits regularly with the artists' societies to which he belongs. In 1995 he was elected a member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen.
'Born in Mold, Clwyd, North Wales, he trained at Chester School of Art and Liverpool College of Art. He exhibited widely in Wales and was included in three Welsh Arts Council exhibitions from 1958-1981.'
In Cornwall he has shown in group shows of West Country artists in London, Sussex and South West Arts and in the South West Open exhibition at Plymouth (1990).
Jessica Wilson's paintings contain a mixture of interior and exterior elements to create dreamlike, hallucinatory spaces.
Ges Wilson moved to Cornwall in the mid-1980s, and has since made St Ives her home. Previously she had studied art at Loughborough and Exeter Colleges of Art, and came to Penzance as an art teacher.
She is a member of the Penwith Society of Artists and also works freelance as an artist for the Tate St Ives. She is a former principal of St Ives School of Painting. Her semi-abstract landscapes are inspired by the 'elemental energy' of Cornwall. She exhibits widely, and her work is in private collections in the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
Wilton works from Shallal Studios, in the grounds of the John Daniel Centre in Penzance.
Yvette Wiltshire was born in Plymouth. She lives in Menheniot, near Liskeard, where she paints and teaches. From 2003-2013 she was an adult education art tutor, also holding private classes. Currently she focusses exclusively on her private classes in the Liskeard area and also conducts workshops for Cartwheels Craft Centre and the Duchy Nurseries, Lostwithiel.
The artist was born in London at 2 West Halkin Street. A water-colour painter who is known to have exhibited between 1881 and 1908. He married Helen Margaret Sillar, a British subject born in Shanghai in October of 1880, and the couple had six children, three girls and three boys.
He is particularly well known for a large series of small watercolours for postcards issued in series by Raphael Tuck. The subjects chosen are landscape scenes of Devon, Cornwall and the Isle of Wight. A list of his series is available at http://www.jhsn.eclipse.co.uk/id29.htm and it is clear that he must have spent some considerable time painting in Cornwall. No particular detail of these visits is known, though indicated through the choice of his subjects.
Born in Chester, Wimperis studied wood-engraving under Mason Jackson, and worked as an illustrator for The Illustrated London News and other magazines. He gradually took up painting in oil and watercolour.
From 1859 he exhibited at the most prestigious galleries, including the Royal Academy, the Society of Artists in Suffolk Street, the New Watercolour Society, the Grosvenor Gallery and the New Gallery. He was elected as a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours in 1875, and then became its Vice President in 1895.
His titles include some Cornish and West Country scenes, and he is believed to have been in Newlyn for a short period in 1881. Flanagan finds him frequently painting along the Ouse in Huntingdonshire (1890s) and reprints two of his paintings in colour in her excellent book, Artists along the Ouse, 1880-1930.
Sarah Wimperis is a painter and illustrator who was born in Kent. She graduated from Falmouth School of Art in 1981 and spent many years travelling, including six years in Norway, teaching art, and four years in France, before settling in Manaccan in Cornwall. She has been a regular exhibitor at Beside the Wave in Falmouth since 2008.
In the summer of 2016 Sarah Wimperis travelled to Gdansk, Poland, as the only English oil painter among a 95-strong international team of artists selected to participate in the creation of an animated film on Vincent van Gogh, entitled 'Loving Vincent'. The film is due for release in 2017.
She has led workshops at Truro Arts Company (2018).