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Artists Cornwall

Cornwall Artists

Over the years many artists have worked out of Cornwall and continue to do so today. Below we have set out an alphabetical list of Cornwall artists, Cornwall sculptors, Cornwall Ceramic makers and Cornwall pottery makers both past and present. Scroll down to find the artist you are interested in. If you would like more general information on Cornish artists please see our Cornish Art History page.

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Fine Art Oil

Alan Kingsbury is an elected Academician of the Royal West of England Academy. He was born in London in 1960 and began painting in oils at the age of nine. After studying psychology and art history at the University of Wales he pursued a further year of full time study of art history in London, specialising in old master and modern European painting. In 1983 he was offered a student internship at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice which enabled him to paint and study the art and architecture in the city. Following this he took up the post of cataloguer of modern paintings at Bonhams fine art auctioneers in London. In 1986 Kingsbury left London to pursue his career as an artist. Initially he returned to Venice where he worked daily outdoors, painting oil sketches of the architecture in varying light conditions. At the end of this year he moved to Dumfriesshire in Scotland where he spent the subsequent five years developing his painting style and refining his technique. It was here that he began to compose his characteristic imaginative figure subjects. Many of his paintings are wonderfully nostalgic, evoking a sense of better times. In 1991 he moved to West Cornwall , where he now lives with his wife , the abstract painter Morag Ballard, and their two children. Image shown is Arrival of the Scillonian, oil on board, 8" x 4"


Colourist Abstract Painting

Angelica Sheldon-Fentem was born and raised in Cornwall and learned painting from her grandfather from a very early age. Her combined interest in art and literature led her to work as an assistant librarian at Falmouth School of Art and she undertook formal art training at University College Falmouth from where she graduated with an honours degree. Angelica now works from her recently acquired studio at Potager Garden, Constantine. She says that all her new work is in response to this lovely new studio from where she produces a range of paintings in oils as well as drawings in charcoal and pastel. The image shown is Flags in a Window, Church Street, Falmouth, Oil on Paper. Potager Garden is open to the public weekends and bank holidays. It is close to Constantine which is a lovely Cornish village from which many other artists practice and there is an annual art exhibition.

Read More about Constantine Cornwall


20th Century

Biddy Picard arrived in Cornwall in a crabber after the war. So, her first view of this beautiful county, which she fell in love with, was from the sea. Born in Derbyshire in 1922 she attended Chesterfield School of Art and then the Slade. After a period teaching art in Bristol she moved to Cornwall in 1974 eventually settling in the fishing village of Mousehole. Biddy Picard's painting reflects her deep affection for West Penwith about which she said 'I try to convey the particular magic of West Penwith, the feeling of remoteness, the intensity of light, the rapid changes of mood. Thrusting into the sea, it is an end place, a special land unlike any other'. Often depicting the landscapes, harbours and the people who live there her paintings also often reflect her wry sense of humour. She has a strong sense of line and colour. Her work is widely collected in the UK and Europe and she has exhibited extensively both locally and nationally. Due to failing eye sight sadly Biddy Picard no longer paints. Image shown is Past Thoughts 2008, 10.5' x 16' Acrylic.


Plein Air

Born in West Yorkshire in 1953, Douglas Hill has established a name as one of the leading plein air painters in Britain. Completely self-taught, Douglas paints directly from nature in oils, and his works have been featured in galleries all over the UK and as far afield as the USA, New Zealand and Northern Ireland. He is perhaps most well known for large beach scenes, and Cornish harbours and towns, having spent much of his life there. He was a member of the St Ives Society of Artists and St Ives Arts Club and ran his own gallery on Fore Street in St Ives Cornwall for sixteen years. Douglas now resides in North Yorkshire where he is finding new inspiration in the rich and varied landscape. Image shown is St Ives Rooftops, oil on canvas.


Jason Walker graduated from Falmouth College of Art in 1992. From there he has established a reputation for his mature and sensitive portraits and his thoughtful depictions of everyday objects. As well as a series of solo and mixed exhibitions, he has won prizes in the Discerning Eye Exhibition, the Hunting Art Prize and exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery's BP Portrait Award for the last 5 years. In 2004 he won the Holburne Portrait Prize, and was commissioned to paint Glastonbury Festival founder, Michael Eavis. In 2005 Jason painted the much loved St Ives artist Bryan Pearce. This portrait was given to the Truro Museum as part of The Bryan Pearce Bequest. Jason works in Trewarveneth Street Studios, which is part of the The Borlaise Smart and John Wells Trust in Newlyn,Cornwall. He also tutors courses at Newlyn School of Art. Illustrated image is The Harbour Cottage, 1996, oil on board, 8" x 8".



Following his retirement from a long career as an antiques dealer and restorer Jim Rodgers decided to take up painting. Although he has had no formal art training he had acquired a large collection of naive paintings and decided this would be a good starting point. Initially he was very influenced by his Fred Yates collection but as time has gone on has developed his own style. Jim Rodgers works with oils in a heavy impasto style. His paintings often depict cheerful scenes of everyday life. They are always colourful and a joy to look at. Jim has now opened his studio and a gallery, called Petite Gallerie D'Art, in his garden in Mitchell village near Truro. Open weekends only 11am until around 6pm, when Jim can be found painting in his studio. Painting illustrated is A Nice Day Out, Cottages Brittany 2008. Oil on canvas 11.5" x 15".



Famous for his atmospheric use of colour and the way he captures water and reflections John Ambrose usually features water in his paintings be it the Cornish sea or the waterways of Venice. John Ambrose was born in 1931 in Brierly Hill Staffordshire and had a passion for painting from an early age. Ambrose trained in art in the West Midlands and had an engineering career before the pull of Cornwall experienced on holidays lured him to the Cornish Coast where he acquired a cottage and studio in St Ives Cornwall and lived there happily for many years. More about John Ambrose


Maureen moved down to Cornwall in 1976 and inspired by the light, has painted ever since. She has had no formal training, but her artwork has been in galleries over the UK and is collected worldwide.

She is an elected member of the Birmingham Watercolour Society, has exhibited at the Mall Galleries and has had cards produced by national companies. She has won several awards. Her favourite mediums are watercolour, graphite and pastel.

A few years ago she raised over £5,000 for Macmillan Cancer Care and has already raised £1,500 for the Children's Hospice South West. She lives in Perranporth and is happy for anyone to visit her.

More about Maureen Crofts



Michael Praed was born in Cornwall in 1941. He studied art locally at Penzance and Falmouth Schools of art and spent almost 30 years teaching drawing and painting in Penzance until leaving to concentrate on his own painting. For many years he had the Michael Praed Gallery in Marazion Cornwall where he exhibited his own beautiful paintings of the coast, fishing boats and harbour scenes. His muted palette and own individual style are instantly recognisable by the many collectors and fans who have grown to love his work. Illustrated image is Harbour Shapes No 2, oil on board, 18" x 12"

PETER WARD (1932 - 2003)

St Ives Modernist

Sculptor, painter and teacher Peter Ward was born in London, studied at The Kingston School of Art for 16 years and was on the staff of West Surrey College of Art. In the 1960's he worked in St Ives Cornwall (this painting comes from that period) but it was not until 20 years later that he was able to settle in St Ives, teaching at St Ives School of Painting. His paintings were shown widely in Britain and France, and in 1997 he had a major retrospective at the Penwith Gallery. The painting shown is from his mid 1980's Elements series, painted in St Ives. Fabulous coastal colour palette. Original oil on canvas by Peter Ward "Elements No 8". Signed, inscribed and dated 1984. Dimensions 35cm x 45.5cm (13.8" x 17.9"). Set in off white wooden box frame.


Contemporary / Semi abstract

One of Cornwalls leading landscape artists, Steve Slimm has a studio near Praa Sands in West Cornwall. His atmospheric paintings often feature the cornish countryside and beautiful cornish coast. Contemporary and semi abstract in style Steve Slimm's paintings evoke a real sense of place in the viewer. He exhibits widely both in local Cornish art galleries and throughout the UK. More about Steve Slimm

Studio at Praa Sands usually open during Open Studios Week.


Primitive, abstract and realist

Tim Treagust paints well in various styles including bright Primitive style seaside pictures, Abstract harbour and landscape scenes and a more realist style including interpretations of rocks.

Great gallery on Chapel Street in Penzance (near to the Egyptian House). The artist is usually there so you can have a chat about his work if you like and you are very welcome to browse.

Tim Treagust, Tradstract Gallery, Chapel Street, Penzance, Cornwall


William "Socrates" Waite was born in Manchester in 1953. During the 1970s, after relocating to Cornwall he studied archaic and classical art culture and architecture in Greece, Morocco, India and the Himalayan arts of Nepal and Tibet. In 1978 Waite first emigrated to the USA, moving into New York City in the summer of 1980. Throughout his stay in New York he studied Zen Buddhism and Siddha yoga and continued his Asian studies, returning once again to Cornwall in 1988 to become artist in residence at the Birch Studio of Lamorna Valley and to paint in isolation. However he once more emigrated to the USA in 1997 and only returned to England after the death of his wife there in 2000. Described as "Britains best kept (art) secret" Waite is an unusual artist, mixing his own pigments to medieval and Renaissance specifications and experimenting in the same way that the early Masters did, utilising all the techniques, some dating back to the Romans, he has studied during the course of his life to achieve the visual outcomes he wants and that delight his clients and collectors. What makes his pieces so special is his use of hand-ground pigments and the texturing of his images. Image shown is egg tempura on canvas.