'I model in wax "fingertip" made - instant, intuitive. I enjoy the small scale because to some extent you can appear to defy gravity - the sheer weight of larger bronze forms would make this very difficult to suggest. They are not maquettes for larger projects, they are complete worlds in themselves.'
A painting attributed to this artist is in the collection held by Redruth Town Museum. It is entitled Redruth Grammar School with Carn Brea in the Background (oil on board).
Born in Birmingham, she lived in Handsworth and studied at the Birmingham Art School, then in Paris. She was a member of the Birmingham Art Circle. Though in general ill-health for most of her working life, she exhibited until her death in 1943.
Born in Cambridge, the artist was educated at Berkhamsted, and studied art at Portsmouth and Southsea Schools of Art. He then attended Julius OLSSON's school in St Ives. Here he claimed to have learned virtually all that he knew about art.
In 1919 with two companions from St Ives, Reginald Guy KORTRIGHT and Hugh Percy HEARD, he went to Paris; together they set up a studio and studied figure painting from the nude. In 1923, on behalf of the London Midland and Scottish Railway, he wrote to a number of West Cornwall artists offering a commission to produce tourist poster designs. Most accepted the offer, and the groundbreaking series was created in 1924, which aroused great public interest. He is the author of St Ives: A Brush with Life (Seeley Service, 1969), his autobiography. Later he became President of the RI.
Maureen Wilkinson's dream-like paintings, drawings and collages, often partnered by poems, explore the relationship between the present moment, myth and memory.
A portrait of Alderman Dorrington, JP, Mayor (1884-1885 & 1897) painted by this artist, is in the collection of Truro City Council.
Exhibited at Porthmeor Gallery, St Ives. It is thought he may possibly be Frederick Adolphus WILLIAMS.
A recent correspondent (Dec 2013) sent the following further information (much appreciated!):
'F A Williams was Town Clerk of Padstow, and a recognised artist. He was the husband of my great aunt Flora, and when my mother died in June 2013 I inherited one of his paintings, of a boat under full sail 25 x 18.5 inches (63 x 47 cm), and signed F A Williams May 36 (I think 36, but it is not clear).'
C Wood lists a Henry Williams, who exhibited two landscapes in 1874, when the artist would have been 17, from an address in Penzance, Cornwall.
A local gallery owner has found a coastal painting by Henry John Williams (2012) with 'Penzance exhibition, 1875' written on the obverse side and signed. This may have been entered in the Annual Exhibitions held for the Penzance School of Art classes by Henry GEOFFROI at the school rooms in Voundervour Lane, off of Chapel Street, Penzance.
In 1876, a painting entitled On the Coast, South Devon, A Calm Evening, by Harry J Williams was exhibited at the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society (RCPS) in Falmouth, in the Professional Artists section of the Art Union of Cornwall annual exhibition. J & G give exhibition dates for him (as H J Williams) only as 1885-86, in that he exhibited in Cheshire in 1885, and then in Truro, Cornwall the following year. He spent much of the 1880s living in Polperro. Several of his Polperro paintings were exhibited in Devonport, and also at Plymouth Arts Club.
The 1891 Census lists the artist as the 37 year old single nephew of Elizabeth Rendle, the widowed head of household living at 58 Morrab Road, Penzance and specifies that his specialty is landscape art. In 1892 he married a widow, Elizabeth Emma Stevens, who had been born in Phillack. He died prematurely aged just 47, in 1901.
Born in Hascombe, Surrey, the eldest of five girls, and educated by a governess at home. The artist was encouraged to draw and paint from an early age. In 1908-9 she lived with her uncle in India. Her diary from that time records an expedition over the Khyber Pass on horseback, and evening parties and dances. In 1910-11 she lived in Paris and studied at Julian's Academy, drawing from the nude and learning etching and dry-point printing from copper plates. Her major influences were Meryon, Whistler and others.
In 1911 she married John Fischer Williams and they built a house on the south coast of Cornwall where they settled from 1920-1931, spending time also in Paris and travelling widely in France, Holland, Belgium and Italy. Four daughters, three of whom were to have important international careers in law, medicine and psychiatry respectively, aside from literature, were brought up by Marjorie. She was also stepmother to Barbara, Jack's daughter by his first marriage.
She specialised in drawing and etching of church architecture. Her subject matter was the back streets, peasant scenes, flowers and countryside. From 1931 the family spent summers in Cornwall and after her husband's death in 1947 she continued to visit France in order to sketch. Lino-cut designs were also an interest, and she printed curtains and cushions. Her WWII diary is available at the Hypatia Trust, along with writings by her daughters, Jenifer Hart, Dr Mariella Fischer-Williams, and Judith Hubback. Three of her etchings were displayed in the Group Show at Falmouth in 1996, Fisherman's Workshop, Cobbler's Shop (Cornwall) and Treveague Farm.
Born in Whitchurch, Salop, the daughter of a clergyman, and educated in England and Germany. Studied art at Atelier Colarossi in Paris and exhibited there at the Paris Salon (from 1914), her main exhibits being drawing and painting from the nude. From Paris she moved in 1921 to Norway House, St Ives where she set up her studio, removing to Enys Studio (1924-35).
The reviewer in 1924 remarks 'Miss Williams has painted a portrait low in tone and full of mystery, called The Enigma. I believe the same model sat for this as for the artist's The Mystic, sent to the Salon. The face is a little weary, and has learned many secrets. The picture is full of imagination.'
Born in Liverpool, his studies were in Paris and Antwerp under Verlat. Williams worked across France and in Africa and Italy winning many international medals and awards. He specialised in coastal painting, in particular harbours and estuaries.
The artist first arrived in St Ives in about 1890; returned many times but never settled there. He worked the Cornish and Devon coastline in a nomadic manner throughout his life. Greatly influenced by Impressionists, he produced bright and colourful scenes which gave a glow of the Mediterranean.
He contributed two series of six self-illustrated articles to The Artist on 'Pastel Art' (1932) and 'Harbour and Fishing Subjects' (1935). Each included colour and black & white plates of the artist's work. He was himself the subject in `Famous Artists', No 8 in May 1932, when his Twilight St Ives was featured. In December of 1932, The Artist reported that Williams had just returned to London from spending eleven weeks in Mousehole painting from a picture window overlooking the harbour.
A well-loved and kindly artist, a stalwart member of the Penzance Arts Club who lived and worked in Penzance for some years. Notice of his death after a long illness, at Goldsithney, has just been received. (October 21). Condolences to his wife, Heather Collings, and their families.
Suzanne Williams was born in Surrey but the family moved to Cornwall in 1975. She studied Fine Art at University College Falmouth and in 2012 opened Four Crows Gallery in Porthleven to showcase her work and that of other artists.
Williams works as a visual artist throughout the UK. She describes her painting as 'immersive'.
Ros Williams was born in Oldbury, Worcestershire, the fourth child (of 5) of Arthur and Rosaline (nee Neale) Williams. She dropped out of a degree course in librarianship to study art at Bournville School of Art, Birmingham from 1981-3, before moving to Cornwall where she graduated from Falmouth School of Art with a BA Hons Fine Art in Printmaking (1986). The following year she worked for the Cornwall Trust for Nature Conservation, the nature painter Andrew WADDINGTON being one of her co-workers.
She began to show her work in group shows in the UK and abroad, living on a boat on the coast of Cornwall from 1988-1995, and sharing studios with painters Judy ANDERSON and Stephanie BOON. Ros's children were born in Cornwall and home educated.
In 1997 she moved to the Isle of Wight, and was active with the Steve Ross Foundation for the Arts, teaching non-toxic printmaking and book arts to adults and children. She initiated Open Access Printmaking. By 2008 she had returned to Cornwall, working from Krowji, The Old Grammar School, Redruth and in Penwith. She received Arts Council Awards for her work in 2004 and in 2008.
In 2012 she is partnering the artist Peter FOX in creating a 'pop up' gallery, currently located at Trevelyan House, 16 Chapel Street, Penzance, where they are showing their own work and the artwork of associates, and holding bookarts workshops for pupils of all ages. Together with the Hypatia Trust they will provide temporary exhibition space for artists who specialise in 'outsider art' and who may find difficulty in taking space in the relatively closed circle of contemporary and public galleries. The gallery will have an on-line presence as well, and may 'pop-up' near you at any time.
It is thought that this may be possibly be F A WILLIAMS. Frederick Adolphus Williams (known as Freddie) was town clerk of Padstow in the 1930s. He was married to Flora (nee Garey).
This information was provided by his great-nephew in 2013. Three fine paintings of sailing ships (one dated January 1933) are in the possession of the family.
Another descendant has been in touch (2020) to tell us of two paintings of sailing ships (dated November 1930) which have been in his family for many years. He recalls that his maternal grandmother Elizabeth Jane Gamblin's sister Flora (one of eight siblings) settled in Cornwall, presumably becoming the wife of F A Williams.
Paul J Williams is a painter who has been living in Perranwell, near Falmouth, since 1999.
Paul Williams moved to Cornwall in 1996, after some years as a ship's photographer on a world cruise liner. The experience influenced him to study for a degree in photography at Falmouth College of Art. He now lives in Falmouth with his partner and their son.
Though his previous work has mainly been in portraiture, his personal love is for landscape photography and his work now combines Cornish landscape used 'out of context' to create imaginary or alternative reality (comment from website). He creates photomontages with some of the miscellaneous and myriad images that he collected in various ports of call around the world he travelled.
Williams creates enormous abstract paintings from The Old Bakery Studios in Truro. As a designer in the film industry, in 2016 he was part of the BAFTA award-winning special effects team on Star Wars : The Force Awakens. During the same year, his work was selected to be shown at the John Moores Painting Prize at Liverpool's Walker Art Gallery.
Williams' bold, striking canvases, employing gestural, sweeping strokes, are on show at the Penwith Gallery in St Ives in April 2017 - a group exhibition he has curated himself.
He is a tutor at the Newlyn School of Art (2017).
Nicholas Charles Williams was born in Surrey and studied at Richmond College. He is a figurative painter whose allegorical work is based on the early Baroque tradition.
In 2001 Williams was awarded the Hunting Art Prize, and was shortlisted for the Threadneedle Art Prize in 2008. He has enjoyed solo exhibitions at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum in Bournemouth, St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh, Liverpool Cathedral, Truro Cathedral and the Royal Cornwall Museum. His work is held in Falmouth Art Gallery, the British Museum and the Frissiras Museum in Athens.
Currently he lives in Newquay, where he works from a former lifeboat station. He is also a dedicated surfer.
An exhibition of his work at the Drang Gallery, Padstow, in autumn 2015, was his first solo show for almost a decade. The exhibition included works from 'Demise of Compassion' - a project begun in 2004 in response to the Iraq War. Drawing on the still life 'vanitas' theme, a group of these paintings featured IEDs, in reference to the conflict.
Emma Williams trained in textile design at Huddersfield University. She worked as a freelance textile designer before turning to art full-time in 1997. She has exhibited widely throughout the UK and her work is held in a number of private collections. Cornwall has been a constant source of inspiration to her.
She is a regular exhibitor at the New Craftsman Gallery in St Ives.
Current artist living near Land's End; partner of Sue Perkins, comedy director who features on QI. Has her own website, and works in glass installations & light refracted.
The artist is a long-time member of the Newlyn Society of Artists (NSA), and in preparation for the Hardie-edited volume (2009), Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall, Mary kindly donated her own collection of exhibition catalogues, cuttings and launch invitations to the WCAA. This welcome gift has filled in some of the gaps in our growing number of files and records.
At the 1846 Annual Exhibition of the RCPS, the artist won the First Prize (Silver Medal) for his oil painting.