Monday, 12 September 2011

Alfred Wallis 1855-1942.

Alfred Wallis was a Cornish fisherman and artist. He painted his seascapes from memory, in large part because the world of sail he knew was being replaced by steamships. Having little money, Wallis improvised with materials, mostly painting on cardboard ripped from packing boxes, he also tore the cardboard to shapes that enhanced the shape of the paintings.Wallis used a limited colour palette of paint brought from ships chandlers.He started painting three years after the death of his wife in 1922, 'for company' he said. He had no formal art training and was discovered by Ben Nicholson, I really enjoy the naive quality of this work, unfortunately his paintings didn't sell in his lifetime and he died in poverty in the workhouse. He is now recognised as one of the important 'St Ives' painters.

"Where is your Self to be found?
Always in the deepest enchantment that you have experienced."
Hugo Von Hofmannsthal.

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