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27 People in artist grouping: St Ives School

St Ives in West Cornwall, England has long been a place where artists have gathered to create both traditional and modern art work. However, a recurring issue with its artists’ groups has been that of inner dissent between the older established artists and the emerging younger artists. The ‘Penwith Society of Arts in Cornwall’ was founded in 1949 by 19 breakaway members of the ‘St Ives Society of Artists’ (established 1927), who wanted to change the way the society worked, particularly with regards to the exhibiting rules. This new group of modernists would soon have their own internal battles, with members contesting the merits of Abstraction versus Representation. Steps were taken to break the society into groups: A: figurative artists, B: Abstract artists and C: Craftsmen; however this only served to alienate members who refused to be categorised. Despite internal friction, the Penwith Society continued to grow and flourish with shows in Cornwall and London, as individual artist’s reputations grew both nationally and internationally. The members of both societies would reflect on the intensity of working in such close knit and competitive groups, but it was perhaps this drive and ambition that sees the societies still exhibiting today.

Henry Moore

1898-1986
Sculptor
Sitter in 93 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham

1912-2004
Painter; founder member of the Penwith Society of Artists
Sitter in 1 portrait

Trevor Bell

1930-
Artist
Sitter in 1 portrait

Sven Paul Berlin

1911-1999
Artist and writer
Sitter in 1 portrait

Sandra Blow

1925-2006
Painter and sculptor
Sitter in 11 portraits

Alan Davie

1920-2014
Painter, poet, jazz musician, silversmith and jeweller
Sitter in 5 portraits

Jeanne Du Maurier

1911-1996
Artist
Sitter in 7 portraits

Paul Feiler

1918-2013
Painter
Sitter in 1 portrait

Terry Frost

1915-2003
Artist and teacher of art
Sitter in 9 portraits | Artist of 3 portraits

Barbara Hepworth

1903-1975
Sculptor; second wife of Ben Nicholson
Sitter in 28 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait

Patrick Heron

1920-1999
Painter and art critic
Sitter in 11 portraits | Artist of 5 portraits

Roger Hilton

1911-1975
Painter
Sitter in 11 portraits | Artist of 2 portraits

Peter Lanyon

1918-1964
Painter and sculptor
Sitter in 6 portraits

Bernard Howell Leach

1887-1979
Potter and writer
Sitter in 7 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait

David Andrew Leach

1911-2005
Potter
Sitter in 1 portrait

Denis Mitchell

1912-1993
Sculptor, painter and teacher
Sitter in 6 portraits

Sir Alfred James Munnings

1878-1959
Painter and President of the Royal Academy
Sitter associated with 11 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait

Ben Nicholson

1894-1982
Artist; son of Sir William Nicholson
Sitter in 6 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait

Victor Pasmore

1908-1998
Artist
Sitter in 6 portraits

Bryan Pearce

1929-2007
Painter
Sitter in 1 portrait