From Cornwall Museums:
Talk: Alfred Wallis and the Sources of His Paintings
Porthmeor Studios and Cellars
When: 19 March 2014
Where: The Borlase Smart Room, Porthmeor Studios
Time: 7:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm) - 8:00pm
Suitable for: Any age
An illustrated talk on Alfred Wallis and the sources of his paintings by Robert Jones.
Wallis spent much of his early life at sea in merchant sailing ships and later with the Mousehole and Newlyn fishing fleets. These experiences together with his knowledge of the harbours and coasts of West Cornwall formed the memories that became the subjects of the paintings he made many years later, in the last fifteen years of his life.
Robert was born and grew up on the north coast of Cornwall and studied at Falmouth School of Art in the 1960s. In 1974 he bought a fishing boat with a friend and for the next seven years was the skipper of various fishing vessels working around the coast of South West Cornwall, the very places that feature in Wallis' paintings. Painting full-time in the1990s, Robert has lectured widely on Wallis; he has provided provenances on Wallis' paintings and has contributed the text to a catalogue of a major Wallis exhibition in Japan. He published the acclaimed book Alfred Wallis, Artist and Mariner in 2001, which was revised five years later.
Robert Jones shows that Wallis' paintings are rich in nautical, geographical and historical knowledge, and why this is important to the understanding of his work.
Tickets are available from Porthmeor Studios and St Ives Archive (01736 796408), and at the door if still available. Booking in advance is recommended.
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