Modern British Artists » Cornwall
A blog dedicated to Modern British Art from Lund Humphries, the leading publisher of books on the subject.
Kurt Jackson is an artist well known for his environmentalism, and his love and respect for the natural world. In A Kurt Jackson Bestiary (2015) we are taken on what feels like a wonderful and varied field trip across Britain and Southern Europe, sketching and painting as we go. I say ‘we’ because the artist/author communicates the experience of producing art in a manner so vivid that it is easy to imagine yourself as part of the situations being described. The noise and excitement of sketching gulls on a Cornish fishing boat as sardines break the surface of the water, the peaceful morning in autumn where small copper butterflies are found ‘blissed out in their floral arcadia’, the quiet scientific focus when painting the tranquilised badger or the injured buzzard.
Posted onFor many artists who live into their eighties and nineties, retirement isn’t an option. Unless the frailties of old age curtail it, the creative impulse continues, nourished perhaps by a sense of being free of external expectations and demands, and directed by years of experience. Painter and printmaker Wilhelmina Barns-Graham was born in Edinburgh in […]
Posted onAs spring, sun and long, light days finally arrive in England in time for a bank-holiday week-end, city-dwellers take off westwards in search of surf, sand and wide open skies. To mark the arrival of a new season of holidaymakers in Cornwall, Belgrave St Ives launch their annual St Ives exhibition 2013 this week-end. It’s packed full of work by the group of […]
Posted onWhat is the secret of Kurt Jackson’s success? Unlike any other artist on the Lund Humphries list he draws in a wide following of fans hungry for more. His long association with the Glastonbury Festival, Greenpeace and the environmental movement generally certainly give his work a contemporary relevance which is unusual within the inward-looking art world, and […]
Posted onWhen Barbara Hepworth died in a studio fire in St Ives in May 1975, it seemed to mark the end of a particular moment in Modern British Art. Michael Bird writes eloquently at the end of The St Ives Artists about ‘the Poetry of Departures’: Bryan Wynter and Roger Hilton had died earlier that year, […]
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