ELEVEN AND A HALF

Painters of West Cornwall

Paintings
Noel Betowski
Ella Carty
Ben Catt
Neil Davies
John Emanuel
Mike Hindle
Robert Jones
Brenda King
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
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Featured artist
Ken Symonds
(1927-2010)
Gurnard's Head oil on canvas, 36in x 48in, £2750

Ken Symonds studied art in London in the 1950s and travelled widely, undertaking drawing commissions in Africa before moving to Cornwall in 1960. He painted extensively, making landscape sketches around Penwith or drawing from the model in Penzance before completing the works in his studio, a converted church in Newlyn with panoramic views over the bay towards St Michael's Mount.

The landscape of West Cornwall is a central theme to much of Ken's work. Coastal scenes, lighthouses, cliffs, moors, hamlets and disused tin mines often feature but it is the light and tonality that define his style. Over the years oil paintings became less frequent and most of Ken's later work was in watercolours or pastels. In addition to his landscapes, Ken was also a well known painter of nudes.

Ken painted and exhibited across the UK, Europe, America, Africa and Asia. His work is widely held in both public and private collections internationally. He was a member of the Penwith Society of Artists, a former Chairman of the Newlyn Society of Artists and was invited to become a member of the Pastel Society in 1990.

Gurnard's Head was painted in 1974 and first exhibited in the Nine artists show at the Belgrave Gallery, Motcomb St, London.