ELEVEN AND A HALF

Painters of West Cornwall

Paintings
Noel Betowski
Ben Catt
Neil Davies
John Emanuel
Mike Hindle
Robert Jones
Brenda King
Jason Lilley
John Piper
Simon Pooley
Michael Praed
Iona Sanders
Jennifer Semmens
Elaine Turnbull
Terry Whybrow
Vincent Wilson
Jenny Woodhouse
Other painters
Sculpture
Chris Buck
Ceramics
Colin Caffell
Lincoln Kirby Bell
Essex Tyler
Recently added
Featured artist
Joan Gillchrest
(1918-2008)
I Told You So oil on card, 7in x 8in, £3800

Joan Gillchrest was one of the best known naive painters of Cornwall of the twentieth century. Hailing from an illustrious family (neé Joan Gilbert Scott, her great-grandfather George was the architect of St Panras Station while her uncle, Sir Giles, designed Battersea and Bankside power stations - the latter now Tate Modern - as well as the iconic red telephone box) she studied art in London before moving to Cornwall in the late 1950s. She lived in Mousehole where she was responsible for beginning the illumation of the town and harbour with lights at Christmas, now a famous tradition.

After exhibiting at the Newlyn Orion gallery for several years, Joan had her first solo show in 1969 and thereafter at galleries across Cornwall and later, the UK. Her paintings, influenced by those of Alfred Wallis and Kit Wood among others, are among the most avidly collected of any of the post-war St Ives school artists' work.