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).

Possibly M F or Margaret Jane AWDRY, recorded as exhibiting at the St Ives Show Day of 1911. No further detail.

Rachel Axtell has produced a large number of designs for greetings cards, sold mainly for charitable purposes to friends and family. These are also sold in Becky Biddles in Falmouth.

She also carries out commissioned artwork, such as for an Oxfordshire based charity, Oxfordshire Youth Association Project. Rachel has illustrated her own story called "Mr Monster and Alice Too".

David Axtell is an award winning illustrator. His illustrations for the Macmillan's children's book Fruits (Valerie Blooms' Caribbean poem) won the Smarties Book Prize Bronze Medal in 1997.

The Waterside Gallery, St Ives have have recently welcomed to the gallery the painter David Axtel. Born in Oxford in 1970 David completed an illustration course at Falmouth School of Art and began working freelance for several major publishing houses.

His work as an illustrator included work for clients such as Puffin Books, Macmillan, HarperCollins and Mojo magazine. He was twice a bronze medal winner in the Nestle Smarties Book Award and runner-up in the BFC Mother Goose Award in 1988 as the most exciting newcomer to children's picture books. David is still regularly commissioned for his illustration work.

As well as his illustrational work David has had a lifelong love of painting and now has an enviable reputation in Cornwall and beyond. With an interest in the relationship and interaction of people and the sea, David searches for an intriguing narative that pulls the viewer in and makes us feel we've caught a glimpse of his figures in an unguarded moment. In his calm, measured work we are reminded of the quiet solitude and an Edward Hopper, whilst the detailed narrative and love the landscape of Cornwall is reminiscient of the artists of the Newlyn School.  [With thanks to the second Newsletter of the Waterside Gallery, St Ives, 2013]

Stephanie Axtell was born in Cornwall. She studied Illustration at Falmouth School of Art, graduating in 1993. She then spent 16 years as an illustrator, working mainly in watercolour. She collects vintage crockery which, together with old books, flowers and found treasures, provides the inspirational momentum for her paintings. She lives and works in north Cornwall. Stephanie's work haas been shown at New Craftsman Gallery, St Ives.

Writer on arts-related topics, founder-creator and coordinator of the St Ives Archive Trust, and long-time partner of artist John EMANUEL.  Janet Axten has contributed strongly to movements that have added value and interest to the visitor and study experience of the arts and history of St Ives, and also has acted as personal assistant to several artists, including Patrick HERON and Bryan PEARCE.

Mim Aylett is based in Wadebridge. After graduating with a BA (Hons) in Humanities, with a major in Fine Art, she worked in London as a specialist decorator and muralist for Peter Farlow Design & Decoration. Her work has been featured in Interiors magazine, as well as Elle Decoration and House & Garden.

Her work has been exhibited extensively in Cornwall.

Born in Middlesex, Ayling came to St Ives to paint in 1977, and moved to work in one of the Penwith Gallery studios a few years later.  In Cornwall he has exhibited at the Wills Lane Gallery, St Ives, the Penwith Gallery and at NAG.

Association with Portscatho.

Her painting, Brown, White, Black, Red (oil on board) is in the collection of NAG, where Ayres also had a major solo show in 1984.

From the 1980s Ayres had a home in Wales, but later settled in Morwenstow, near Bude. She died in April 2018.

Originally from Buckinghamshire, he moved to Cornwall to study at the Falmouth College of Arts, graduating in 1994 with a BA(Hons) degree in fine art. In 1998 he was teaching art and design part-time at Cornwall College.

Forming part of the collection of the St Ives Town Council, six works by this artist depict village scenes around the town as previously known between 1880 and 1900.  The artist painted this series oil on board in 1986, either from old prints or postcards, etc.  The scenes shown are Harbour Front, The Wharf, St Ives 1880, Quay Street, St Ives 1900, St Ives Harbour Front, 1880, The Digey, St Ives 1880, The Wharf, St Ives 1986, and The Wharf 1880. [Enquiries about these to Penlee House Gallery & Museum]

In 1871 Babb, as professor of drawing/painting in Plymouth and Devonport, was living with his wife Mary H (from Sheerness, Kent) and son Ernest H (born in Devonport), in the Saltash, Cornwall parish at 6 Tamar Terrace. He was the Head Master of the School of Art, Princess Square, Plymouth, and of the Municipal School of Art, Devonport.

Born in Adelaide, Australia, his family then moved to New Zealand. He studied art at Wanganui Technical College, working there as a pupil teacher under the painter D E Hutton (1899-1904). In 1904 he travelled through Europe painting topographical and waterside subjects in oils and watercolour, studying both in London and at Julian's Academy in Paris, before returning to New Zealand in about 1909.

In St Ives he worked from Porthmeor Square studio. In 1913 he was to show Ebbing Tide and two others, one Cornish scene and one Dutch, at St Ives, and continued to exhibit locally throughout 1914. He was one of the four St Ives artists to lose their lives in WWI, dying aged 41 in Cardiff during service with the Home Guard. He is commemorated by Edmund George FULLER on the St Ives Arts Club Memorial, working to a design by painter friend Borlase SMART.

Lorraine works from her studio in Penryn.

Exhibited Cornish work at the Sandpiper Gallery, Mousehole. A painter of landscapes, seascapes, and scenes of workers in the field, rendered in a naive style.

The Irish born artist stayed in St Ives from September 1959 until January 1960, and painted in No 3, Porthemeor Studios.

Heather Bacon is based in Constantine.

James Baggaley is an artist and teacher based in Cornwall. His work encompasses a wide range of mediums and specialisms. He runs workshops in colleges and schools in the Midlands and the south west, which explore painting, printmaking and drawing.

She trained in Fine Art in the USA, graduating from Syracuse University, New York (1968) before working with Archie Brenan at the Edinburgh Weavers Workshop (1971). In 1975 she took up weaving full-time, originally concentrating on woven portraits and figures.  Gradually moving to more abstract subjects for her tapestries.

In Cornwall Bahouth worked with Sue MARSHALL as a Craftworker in Residence, taking on workshops and teaching at Poltair School, St Austell, and Tolcarne CP and Infants Schools. They also exhibited in the NAG Craft Work exhibition of 1988. (NAG Exhibition notes).

Latterly she has taken up mosaics and her exciting, colourful work can be viewed on her website. Her home is in rural Somerset.

In the collection of Penryn Town Council and Museum is a panoramic painting by this artist, entitled Penryn and the Carrick Roads (oil on canvas). Another of her paintings, Porthgwarra, is in the collection of the Cornish Studies Library, Redruth.

Bailey was born in England, but lived for many years in Galway, Ireland and in several other locations in that country, before returning to England in 1963, working and showing in Cornwall.

'She has since earned a serious reputation for her rugged palette knife paintings, particularly of Cornwall. She is much acclaimed for her interpretations of the Cornish Coastline and river studies, capturing the endless variations of light, weather, tides and seasons of the year....Her latest exhibition of new work opened in May 2003 in St. Agnes, Cornwall just before the 90th birthday.' [Kenny Gallery, Ireland bio] 

Mike Bailey is a painter of landscapes and seascapes living in north Cornwall.

Before moving to Sennen, Cornwall in 1975, Bailey had trained and worked as a ceramic tile designer and decorator in Marlborough, Gloucestershire. In Cornwall she and her husband purchased and ran the First and Last Post Office at Sennen.

The couple then decided to spend six years cruising in the Mediterranean before returning to live in Cornwall. She paints in oils and watercolours, and exhibits in mixed shows across Cornwall. Prints of her work are handled by Cornish Art Prints, Wheal Kitty, St Agnes, where an exhibition of her work can be viewed on-line.

No biographical information known.

Chris Bailey is a Penzance based painter. His work has been exhibited at Redwing Gallery in Penzance.

Born in Brighton, the artist studied there and in St Ives under Louis GRIER, but was largely self-taught. Bailey lived in St Ives from 1909-1919, though he is recorded as exhibiting three paintings also at the 1924 Show Day. All of the latter exhibits were watercolours, with the subjects showing the herring season, a summer evening in Bosham, and a view of the wharf at Polperro. Working from the Atlantic Studio, St Ives, virtually all of his paintings were in watercolour after 1915.

Living in Chelsea by 1938, he continued to send in to STISA shows until he moved to Richmond, Surrey after WWII. 


Terry Bailey lives near St Mawes. He is best known for his yachting scenes, both contemporary and historical. He has won a number of awards and his work has been featured in maritime magazines.