Cathie Ashley is based in Penzance. Her paintings and collages are inspired by the light and colour of the natural world.
Born in Plymouth, Devon and married to Lilian at the time of the 1891 Census, the couple were living at Uny Lelant ('Gonwin'), where he was listed as an artist photographer and employer. Kelly's Directory of 1893 lists him as Ashton, Photographer located at Tregenna Hill, in nearby St Ives.
The author Lewis Hind used his topographical photographs in Days in Cornwall (1907).
Born in York, the son of James Ashton, drawing master, Ashton grew up in Australia then settled in St Ives in 1902 (Address c/o Jas Garnham) to study under Julius OLSSON and Algernon Mayow TALMAGE.
Active and well-liked in his new home in St Ives, Will (as he was known) was a cricket organiser along with Richard Hayley LEVER in their matches with the artists of Newlyn. He continued his studies at Juliens' Atelier in Paris under Professors Baschet and Schommer.
Ashton established a name as a painter of impressionist seascapes. Having worked around the Cornish coast, he returned to Australia in 1905. In 1913, he was elected ROI, and continued to exhibit in Britain using Olsson's London studio and the Connaught Club as his exhibiting addresses. In 1926 he lived and worked in Egypt.
Appointed Director of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1937, and knighted in 1960.
The artist works at her studio at Penmenor Farm near Lamorna. Her vibrant colourful work combines the culture of her Assyrian background with the uniqueness of west Penwith.
The artist was born in Preston, Lancashire (3 January 1855 GRO), the son of John Aspinwall, a newspaper reporter, and his wife Jane, nee Clemmey. Aspinwall moved to Lancaster in the early 1870s, where he did most of his painting and latterly died (26 February 1921, age 63, GRO). [See note under miscellaneous related to his dates.] The 1871 Census lists Reginald Aspinwall as an apprentice at the School of Art (4 Hill Place, Christchurch, Preston).
A portrait of the artist by J Cross is owned by Lancaster City Museum, and a reproduction can be viewed at www.lancs.ac.uk His titles include Mountain Mists, Home with the Evening Tide (1886) and Arnside. Known date of a connection to West Cornwall is a Newlyn title in 1886.
The artist died of arterio-sclerosis, with lung involvement, in the Lancaster Lunatic Asylum.
Rosalind Astin makes work in mixed media paintings and textiles in West Cornwall.
She exhibits with the Lamorna Valley Group and more information is available at http://www.lamornaartsfestival.co.uk/members.php
An artist from Birmingham who painted views in Cornwall, Wales and Italy. R Langley accords him an honourable mention, though no great detail, due to the representative paintings of Cornwall he painted (p107).
He exhibited On the Sands, Mount's Bay at the Institute of Painters in Oil Colours in 1884-85.
The Royal Cornwall Hospital holds a painting in its permanent collection by this artist, Trevaunance Cove (1966).
A painter of seascapes and former member of Taking Space, a group of women artists exhibiting in Cornwall. Atkins is a member of Art Space Gallery, a co-operative group based in St Ives.
Born in Exeter, Devon, Atkins studied at the Bromley College of Arts both before and after National Service in the 1950s. His initial great influence was Frank Auerbach, in whose studio he worked whilst also doing postgraduate studies at the Slade. Embarking on a teaching career at Bournemouth College of Art, he moved on to Reading University Dept of Fine Art and then to the Epsom School of Art.
He came to Cornwall through a teaching post at Falmouth College of Art in 1974, continuing to exhibit in many mixed shows. At the Piers Morris Gallery in 1970 he gave his first one-man exhibition, and from that time this became his main format. In 1977 Ray showed paintings and drawing in a three-man show at NAG, with John HENDERSON and Robert MORLEY, and that same year he exhibited with the NSA to which he had been elected, in their travelling exhibition to Pont-Aven in Brittany. He was also selected for the celebratory exhibition, A Century of Art in Cornwall 1889-1989 to honour the centenary of Cornwall County Council. in London, Art Space Gallery represents his work, and his exhibitions of note are listed on his website.
The artist came to Cornwall in 1974, and has lived in Falmouth and at Carn Marth. She studied at the Falmouth College of Art and has a degree in printmaking (1994). Since leaving college she has been working in drypoint etching. Atkins is a member of the NSA and has shown regularly in group shows and exhibitions around Cornwall.
Kathy Atkins' landscapes and still-lifes are inspired by the natural world.
His early interest in art was developed through his interest in and collection of toys. Digby attended Lincoln College of Art with tutors: Tony Bartl, Bob Blatherwick & Hugh Robinson. He then attended Hornsey College of Art and benefited from the tutoring of Gordon House, Ron Ingles & Derek Nice. He was employed as an art assistant on the (then new) Telegraph Colour Supplement, working under the art director (who became a photographer), Hans Feurer. Together with Hans he began a further career in advertising.
Atkinson worked as an art director at Pritchard Wood & Partners, the first of six advertising agencies before joining Saatchi & Saatchi. After thirteen happy years with this company, and with a collection of industry awards, he spent a further seven years working with three other London agencies, before deciding to retire from full-time advertising.
Having discovered Cornwall (yes, people still do!), the Atkinsons moved to Cornwall, where Digby became a part-time tutor at University College Falmouth. This has returned him to painting, though he is still collecting toys.
Born on 9 July 1859 in Fakenham, Norfolk (GRO), the daughter of a vicar, Michael Angelo Atkinson, and Amelia Elizabeth Williams. Amy Beatrice Atkinson lived with her parents in Norfolk until between 1881 and 1891, when she went to Looe in Cornwall. In the 1891 census she stated her occupation to be that of an artist. She was a prolific exhibitor between the years of 1884 and 1916. Her addresses in this period include the following: Fakenham Rectory, Norfolk (1884), York (1889), Frensham, Surrey (1894) and London (1897). [J&G]
In the 1890 Exhibition at Dowdeswells [reprinted in Hardie 2009] in New Bond Street, the artist exhibited alongside all those described as 'from St Ives, Newlyn and Falmouth residing in or painting in Cornwall'. Her exhibition title was In the Firelight.
Between 1891 and 1901 she was in Kensington, London, where she shared a house with Scottish author Ann Macdonnell. They stayed together until Amy's death in 1916, moving a little nearer to Cheyne Walk in Chelsea. She never married or had children.
A recent correspondent has written with the following information:
'I'm interested in finding out more about Amy Atkinson. so far I found almost nothing! I discovered the book 'In The Abruzzi' several years back. It contains 12 watercolours by her. I've also got another book she did the illustrations for (Touraine, again with Ann Macdonell) and one watercolour. But any information on the pair of them is hard to come by!'
A correspondent (2020) has told us of a landscape by Amy Beatrice Atkinson in his possession, entitled 'Autumn'. His additional information on her has now been incorporated into this listing.
A further correspondent (2021) has come across the grave of Amy Atkinson in the churchyard of St Paul's Church, Rusthall, Tunbridge Wells. Beneath a beautiful headstone cross are the words: 'To the memory of Amy Beatrice Atkinson, painter. Born at Fakenham, Norfolk, July 9, 1859. Died at Tunbridge Wells, September 18, 1916.' Below this inscription are is a poem whose words have been obscured by the passage of time.
Administrator of The Contemporary Gallery, Penzance in 1996, at time of her exhibiting there. In 2011 she was listed as a regular exhibitor at the Lander Gallery, Truro.
Born in Brighton, he studied at Brighton Polytechnic (Art and Design) and West Sussex College (Stained Glass Design and Restoration)
Felix Attlee works with reclaimed metal to create bird-like sculptures which almost resemble historic artefacts. He is influenced by his African childhood, and his love of finding new life in discarded objects.
The artist moved to Fowey in 1945 and died in Cornwall in 1964.
She was born in London and studied art at the Regent Street Art School and at Heatherley's. She married a fellow book illustrator and watercolourist, Harold Earnshaw, in 1908 (who pre-deceased her by many years, c late 1920s). In WWI her husband lost an arm, and therefore the support for him and their three children fell upon her alone. The challenge was taken up in a most courageous fashion, and her name, like Beatrix Potter and Kate Greenaway, became synonymous with a certain view of childhood - in her case quite sentimental. Her drawings became the subject of greetings cards (R Tuck), children's books (some of which she also authored textually), and an Annual with stories and illustrations. She also illustrated works by the classic children's writers: Hans Anderson, Brothers Grimm, J M Barrie and Lewis Carroll.
Francesca Ausenda and her sister Alessandra AUSENDA are both successful designers.
In the 1990s they invented and manufactured one-piece hats/scarves called 'Rrappers' and opened a clothing and surfwear shop in Penzance called Groovy Poodle.
Creatively they work with schools and the educational projects promoted through NAG, and also contribute extensively to the feasts and festivals that are part of the cultural life of the area. Their parade floats and animated characters from Cornish legend are unforgettable and constant reminders of the energy of the arts community locally.
Francesca is a photographer, and in 1992, she and Steve TANNER exhibited their work together in Fish Seekers, Newlyn '91 at the Newlyn Art Gallery.
Don Austen was based around the St Austell/Charlestown area. An award is given by the St Austell Society of Artists (SASA) in Austen's name. The family of the artist now run the Charlestown Gallery.
A Wadebridge-based sculptor, Richard Austin creates fibreglass human figures such as a pair which adorn the King Harry Ferry, and his 15-foot 'Warrior of the Surf' situated at Watergate Bay, previously located at Malibu, California. Once a keen surfer, Austin had to abandon this sport owing to a genetic connective tissue disorder. 'Warrior' is a powerful expression of his enduring love for the sea.
Austin's artistic evolution was far from straightforward. After joining the Merchant Navy at the age of 16, he travelled on a Greek sailing ship, sketching inbetween giving English lessons to the second-in-command.
Nowadays he works from a studio on an industrial estate in Wadebridge. His materials are both man-made and industrial, an example of the latter being Nidaplast, which is coated to resemble bronze or copper. One of his regular customers is Northampton Borough Council, and he has undertaken wide-ranging public and private commissions not only in the UK, but also the USA.
Alongside his art practice, Richard conducts sculpture workshops from his studio.
Luke Austin-Heywood was born in London but has lived in Cornwall since childhood. Based in Redruth, he has a degree in Fine Art and a post-graduate diploma. He works from home as he has a spinal condition which makes working in a conventional situation difficult.
Painter and art critic who settled in West Cornwall in 1959, and thereafter began to paint full-time.
By the 1970s he was beginning to write about art, and went on to becoming the New Statesman Arts critic. John MILLER mentions him, in his biography Leave Tomorrow Behind, as exhibiting at NAG in the 1960s, and in 1977 he exhibited with the Newlyn artists at Pont-Aven in their travelling show of Cornish work. He was also showing in London on a regular basis, and in 1992 exhibited with two other critics at Cadogan Contemporary. In 1995 he emigrated to Australia where he remains an art critic, residing in Sydney.
Born in Brighton, Sussex, Simon graduated with Honours from the Polytechnic there in Fine Art. From 1986-1990 he ran the Balwest Printmaking Workshop in Penzance, and then taught part-time at the Falmouth College of Art in drawing and printmaking. Averill has been a full member of the NSA since the late 1980s.
The artist remains listed as a member of NSA (2011).