Alfred Wallis (1855 - 1942)

Available works

Trawler and Two Schooners, oil and graphite, Alfred Wallis

Current Exhibitions

Anne Davies | St Ives Rhythms

Inspired by a series of drawings she made in St Ives last year, Davies explores the rhythms and shapes of the town, the harbour and the surrounding countryside.

Summer Show 2015| St Ives Inspired

Presenting a mixed show of paintings, sculpture, and ceramics by leading gallery artists.

Detail: 'Trawler and Two Schooners'

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Alfred Wallis was a Cornish fisherman and painter.

In Wallis' 'naive' painting, perspective is ignored and an object's scale is often based on its relative importance in the scene, giving many of his paintings a map-like quality. Wallis painted seascapes from memory, in large part because the world of sail he knew was being replaced by steamships. Having little money, Wallis improvised with materials, mostly painting on cardboard ripped from packing boxes using a limited palette of paint bought from ships' chandlers.

In 1928, Ben Nicholson and Kit Wood discovered Alfred Wallis at work in St Ives and propelled him into a circle of some of the most progressive artists working in Britain in the 1930s. Nicholson later said of Wallis's art 'something that has grown out of the Cornish seas and earth and which will endure'.

Wallis' paintings are held in many public and private collections, noteably Kettle's Yard and the Tate St Ives.

Steamship and Three-masted Schooner (1930s)

oil and graphite pencil on irregular shaped cardboard

h. 15 x w. 21 cm


Trawler and Two Schooners (1930s)

oil and graphite pencil on heavy cardboard

h. 15 x w. 31 cm


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