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St Ives School


28 People in artist grouping:

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.

Paul Feiler

Paul Feiler

1918-2013
Painter
Sitter in 1 portrait
David Andrew Leach

David Andrew Leach

1911-2005
Potter
Sitter in 1 portrait
Denis Mitchell

Denis Mitchell

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

William Redgrave

1903-1986
Artist
Sitter in 1 portrait | Artist of 1 portrait
No individual image available for this person

Michael Seward Snow

1930-2012
Artist, designer and writer
Artist of 3 portraits
Karl Martin Weschke

Karl Martin Weschke

1925-2005
Artist and art lecturer
Sitter in 3 portraits
No individual image available for this person

Christopher Wood

1901-1930
Painter
Artist of 2 portraits
No individual image available for this person

Guy Worsdell

1908-1978
Artist
Artist of 1 portrait

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