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a singular vision
April 27, 2011, 7:26 pm
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I’ve been to Compton Verney to see the exhibition Alfred Wallis and Ben Nicholson.  It was wonderful to see the Alfred Wallis pictures again.  He was a sailor and marine scrap merchant who began painting after his wife died, often selling his work for food, before he was picked up by artists like Nicholson who moved to Cornwall for the light.  I’ve enjoyed Wallis’ work in St Ives and at Kettles Yard in Cambridge.  It is naive, untaught, with a powerful vision of the sea.

The paintings are on odd shaped pieces of wood, card and even a tin tray.  Go and see it – it is life enhancing.


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I love those St Ives’ school artists, and thought of them a lot during last year’s Cornish coastal walk. There’s just something about the light and the landscape and the atmosphere down there that inspires, that goes deep into you.

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