Skip navigation.
International Musicians Seminar

Auction of contemporary Cornish paintings

Lot 1

Jeremy Annear

Diamond Ledge I (Tresco)

Oil on linen
90 x 120cm | 35 x 47in
Painted in 2008
Bids starting from £3,500
SOLD

Jeremy Annear was born in 1949. He was introduced to St Ives modernism in his early formative years and during the late sixties studied Fine Art Painting and Printmaking at Exeter College of Art.

He then taught Art at all levels whilst he raised his young family and moved to Cornwall to paint full time in 1987. He has spent extended periods working in Australia and Germany and his work has been influenced by their rich artistic cultures. He has had numerous Solo Exhibitions in the UK Germany and France and is widely collected. He has lived for many years on the Lizard Peninsular in Cornwall with his wife, the painter Judy Buxton.

“Diamond Ledge is on the South-Eastern side of Tresco, the second largest of the Scilly Isles. Due to the generosity and hospitality of Robert and Lucy Dorrien-Smith the owners of the island, I have been their guest on a couple of occasions and found my stays there a rich and stimulating source for several series of paintings.

Jeremy Annear is represented by Messum’s.

Lot 2

Catharine Armitage

Eva III (From Eva to Me)

Oil on linen
82 x 82cm | 32 x 32in
Painted in 2003
Bids starting from £1,400
SOLD

After leaving school Catharine did a number of jobs, working for a photographic agent and an interior designer.

Whilst working in Bristol she attended art evening classes at the West of England College of Art. In 1967 she attended the Slade on the four year degree course and then the two year post graduate course in printmaking. Her tutors were Anthony Gross and Bartolemeo dos Santos. She married Paul Feiler in 1970; and moved permanently to Cornwall in 1973; they had twins in 1974. She has had several solo shows in this country, Germany, France, Sweden and America and she is having a retrospective exhibition at the Redfern Gallery this autumn

Catharine Armitage is represented by the Redfern Gallery.

Lot 3

Nicola Bealing RWA

Shoal

Oil on canvas
60 x 90cm | 23 x 35in
Painted in 2012
Bids starting from £1,400
SOLD

Nicola Bealing was educated in England and in Malaysia. She studied at the Byam Shaw School of Art and works from Trewarveneth Studios in Newlyn. Her work has been shown in the BP Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery, and she was first prizewinner in the South West Open Exhibition.

She exhibits regularly and her work is held in numerous private and public collections including Deutsche Bank, Unilever and the Jerwood Contemporary Collection. She has recently becoma a RWA academician.

Nicola Bealing’s fantastical and darkly humoured paintings were recently described by Laura Gascoigne as ‘spontaneous eruptions of painterly high spirits’. Her deftly-painted scenes sparkle with ingenuity and wit.

Nicola Bealing is represented by Cadogan Contemporary

Lot 4

Romi Behrens

The Mirror

Oil on canvas
76 x 102cm | 30 x 40in
Painted in 2010
Bids starting from £1,225
SOLD

Romi Behrens started to paint after moving to Cornwall in 1959, where she has lived and painted ever since.

She has had exhibitions at the Arnolfini Gallery in Bristol, Leighton House in Kensington, The Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro, Cadogan Contemporary Gallery in South Kensington, some summer exhibitions at The Royal Academy, and most recently in 2011 at the Illustration Cupboard in Bury St, St James’s.

She is very happy painting portraits, still lifes, landscapes and occasional abstracts, nearly always in oil.

Lot 5

Clive Blackmore

White Bowl with Camellia

Oil on canvas
46 x 84cm | 18 x 33in
Painted in 1995
Bids starting from £1,400
SOLD

Initially a potter, Clive Blackmore turned to painting full-time in 1984. He was born in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey and attended Twickenham and Kingston Schools of Art. He moved to Cornwall at the age of 26 in 1966.

“This painting has quite a history beneath its surface. It started life with different objects and warmer colours. Gradually the colours disappeared under a sepia monochrome and the clustered jars and bottles were replaced by bowls and boxes. This process went on for days until, one lunchtime, I made a tiny sketch of an ancient Spanish bowl full of pears which was on the table. I painted it from memory in one afternoon with the thumbnail sketch in my pocket. There are traces of three almost completed still life paintings lingering beneath the one you see.”

Clive Blackmore is represented by the Lynne Strover Gallery, Cambridge.

Lot 6

Judy Buxton

Goonhilly Path

Oil on canvas
92 x 96cm | 36 x 38in
Painted in 2007
Bids starting from £2,100
SOLD

Judy Buxton was born in 1961 in Sydney, Australia. She moved to England in her early twenties and, following a period working in London, studied Fine Art Painting at Falmouth College of Art, continuing her post graduate studies at the Royal Academy School in London.

Judy has received many awards, including First Prize, Gold Medal, The Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers in 1996 and the Freedom of the City of London in 1997. She was a NatWest Finalist and Prize Winner in 1997 and The Hunting Art Prize Second Prize Winner in 2005. Judy moved to Cornwall in 1987 with her husband, the artist Jeremy Annear. Her work has been exhibited in solo shows throughout the UK and can be found in many private, public and corporate collections both in the UK and worldwide.

“Judy Buxton’s hard-won gift is for somehow imbuing the paint and the landscapes that emerge from within it, not so much with the physical ‘look’ of the place but, rather, the sensuous characteristics of it. The wind in our face, the soft bogginess of the moorland turf under our feet, the sound of water tumbling down the mountainsides, the sheer exhilaration of wild places: these are the kind of sensations we intuitively feel in the face of these paintings, the sheer ‘wideness of the world’.”
Nicholas Usherwood May 2007

Judy Buxton is represented by the Thackeray Gallery London.

Lot 7

Richard Cook

Gwithian Headland

Oil on linen
72 x 92cm | 28 x 36in
Painted in 2003
Bids starting from £1,750
SOLD

Richard Cook was born in Cheltenham in 1947 and spent his early childhood in Ceylon. He studied in London at St Martin’s School of Art and at the Royal College of Art, moving to live in Cornwall in 1985.

He is perhaps best known for his dreamlike evocations of wilderness. His work Is represented in various public collections including Tate Collections London, the Arts Council Collection and the British Museum Collection. In 2001 he had a solo show at Tate St Ives followed by ‘Under The Summer” at The Exchange Gallery, Penzance in 2010.

“The sands at Lelant where one looks across the bay to the lighthouse Gwithian shimmering in the haze of distance.

The estuary , strange and empty , has always drawn me so that each memory forgotten is implicit in the final image.”

Lot 8

Henrietta Dubrey

Audition

Oil on canvas
105 x 130cm | 41 x 51in
Painted in 2011
Bids starting from £1,330
SOLD

Strongly influenced by the constructivism and lyrical abstraction of the St Ives School ‘mid generation’ of artists, Dubrey’s art transcends pure formalism and encompasses a depth of autobiographical and emotional response. Spontaneity is key in her work, with the unpredictability of outcome providing a drive to create.

Born in 1966, Dubrey grew up at the foot of the South Downs. She attended Wimbledon School of Art and the Royal Academy School, receiving a postgraduate diploma from the latter in 1992. A subsequent spell of five years in Normandy was followed by a move to west Cornwall to immerse herself fully in the artistic heritage of the area that has always been a vital inspiration to her creative process.

Dubrey exhibits her work at Edgar Modern, Bath, Belgrave St Ives, Lynne Strover, Cambridge, and Josie Eastwood in Hampshire. Her work was the first to be shown in London’s leading Scandinavian design store Skandium as part of their artists’ showcase series in 2011, which in turn led to Dubrey’s paintings being used on the set of the BBC’s BAFTA Award winning 20th anniversary ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ programmes, broadcast over Christmas and New Year 2011-12 and to coincide with the 2012 Olympics.

Dubrey lives with her husband and three children and works from her studio at her home near St Just in Penwith, west of Penzance.

Henrietta Dubrey is represented by Edgar Modern, Bath.

Lot 9

Naomi Frears

Listening in the Great Room

Oil on canvas
30 x 30cm | 9 x 9in
Painted in 2012
Bids starting from £525
SOLD

Naomi Frears was born in Leicestershire. She studied at Sunderland College of Art winning the printmaking prize. After riding her motorbike across the world she moved to St Ives in 1989. She works in the Porthmeor Studios. Her third solo exhibition at Beaux Arts, Bath opens on 13 April 2013.

“Listening in the Great Room is about the extraordinary experience of attending IMS rehearsals and master classes at Porth-en-Alls. Despite the proximity of the players and the intimacy of the situation, it’s as if the walls disappear when the music starts.”

Naomi Frears is represented by Beaux Arts in Bath and the Millennium Gallery in St Ives.

Lot 10

Rose Hilton

The Red Dress

Oil on canvas
62 x 50cm | 24 x 19in
Painted in 2012
Bids starting from £3,000
SOLD

Rose Hilton, née Phipps, was born in Kent in 1931. Rose first studied at the Beckenham School of Art. In 1953, she won a scholarship to the Royal College of Art.

After a serious bout of tuberculosis which forced her retreat to a sanatorium for a year, Rose returned to the Royal College in 1955 and went from strength to strength, winning the Life Drawing and Painting Prize as well as the Abbey Minor scholarship to Rome in 1958, where she spent a year. On her return she met and fell in love with the artist Roger Hilton. The couple married in 1965 and set up home together in a house on Botallack Moor, St Just, where they lived until Roger’s early death in 1975. Rose still lives and works in Botallack.

Rose Hilton has steadily built a reputation as a major St Ives artist. At a retrospective held at Tate St Ives in January – May 2008, the paintings were chosen to reflect the increasingly abstract nature of Rose’s work, though she rarely abandons figuration entirely.

Rose Hilton is represented by Messum’s.

Lot 11

Ken Howard OBE, RA

St Michael’s Mount

Oil on linen
20 x 61cm | 8 x 24in
Painted in 2007
Bids starting from £2,000
SOLD

Ken Howard was born in 1932. He was educated at Kilburn Grammar School, Hornsey School of Art and the Royal College of Art.

He won a British Council Travel Scholarship to Florence in 1959. From 1973‒1978 he was the Official Artist of the Imperial War Museum in Northern Ireland and has held many honorary positions in the leading art schools of Britain, most recently as Professor of Perspective at the Royal Academy 2004‒2011. Ken was awarded an OBE in 2010. His main one-man exhibitions have been at the New Grafton Gallery (1971‒2000) and at the Richard Green Gallery (2002‒2011).

His work is mainly concerned with light and he believes that painting is about “revelation, celebration and communication” and that “art should be life enhancing”.

Ken Howard is represented by the Richard Green Gallery

Lot 12

Bridget Leaman

Shattered in the Margins

Oil on canvas
102 x 102cm | 40 x 40in
Painted in 2011
Bids starting from £1,400
SOLD

Bridget Leaman was born in 1948 and studied both at the Bournemouth College of Art and the West Surrey School of Art.

During the past thirty years, Leaman has sought new approaches with which to communicate the beauty and essence of the elements that surround the Lizard Peninsula where she lives and paints. Her aim in creating this body of work was to abstract, with artistic honesty, the immediacy of walking alone on the cliffs and next to the sea.

Not by any means a traditional landscape painter, it is the fundamental and constant changes in her rich surroundings that have held Leaman’s passions for so long and manifests in her abstract canvases. Her paintings dance with colour, light and texture.

Bridget Leaman’s work is now widely collected both in the UK and abroad.

Bridget Leaman is represented by Cadogan Contemporary.

Lot 13

Jeremy Le Grice

Ripple (Bow)

Oil on board
124 x 88cm | 49 x 34in
Painted in 2007
Bids starting from £3,150
SOLD

It was in the Drawing Schools of Eton that Jeremy Le Grice’s latent talent was first recognised and nurtured by his tutor there, Wilfred Blunt.

The sublime beauty of Cornwall, with its dramatic changes in mood and weather, also always served to trigger Le Grice’s creativity. On leaving the Slade, he moved directly back to his homeland of Cornwall where at that time the most progressive art in Britain was being produced.

Apart from a break in his career for several years, which were spent teaching in art colleges, he always painted near Newlyn and St Ives. He consequently become more knowledgeable and in touch with the ever-present coastline. He drew inspiration from its climatic moods, its seas and harbours, the rough moorland and the small farms of the hinterland.

Complementary with Le Grice’s own observational powers lies a tradition of abstraction which has thrived along with the art of Cornwall throughout his life. The combination provided his work with a particular momentum which was precipitated by an underlying sense of always-present ambivalence of vision.

Jeremy Le Grice’s paintings are not the product of a School of Paintings or a voguish fashion; they are one man’s interpretation of a place and emotions translated into paint.
Ian Burke

Jeremy Le Grice is represented by Cadogan Contemporary.

Jeremy Le Grice passed away on 9 August 2012

Lot 14

Louise McClary

Rivers Undersong

Acrylic on linen
100 x 100cm | 39 x 39in
Painted in 2009
Bids starting from £1,750
SOLD

Louise McClary was born in Penzance and studied at the Penzance School of Art for a year. She opened her studio in St Ives in 1988 and quickly became known for her figurative paintings, and later for her more abstracted and lyrical painting.

She has an impressive record of solo exhibitions, and now lives with her family on the Lizard, near Helston.

“A break in the rain mid morning... I grab watercolours and a flask of something hot, seizing the moment to get down by the creek, sitting, watching and when a still moment arrives to describe what I see in my sketchbook , this is my means and method to get my “motif” into my bones ... Back in the studio these sketches are abandoned but they have served their purpose. Now the studio work begins, a process to distil and fragment what I have seen so the paintings become an emotional response to the land which lies close to my home on the upper reaches of the Helford river, where tidal mud flats and ancient oaks send their quiet song out and up into the still air ...”

Louise McClary is represented by the Adam Gallery Bath and London.

Lot 15

Daphne McClure

Tregonning Hill

Acrylic on canvas
50 x 75cm | 19 x 29in
Painted in 2012
Bids starting from £1,400
SOLD

Daphne McClure returned to Cornwall in 1976 and lived in Porthleven. She found it frustratingly difficult to paint because visually there is so much to paint in Cornwall.

Then a well-known artist advised her to paint in ‘series’ and to choose her subjects carefully. This she has done for the past 40 years, painting harbours, boats, fields, mine stacks and even beach scenes.

In 2005, Daphne was surprised to be offered a residency at the Josef Alber’s Foundation in America and this exciting experience reconnected her with Albers theories of the importance of basic design and balance of colour in the construction of a painting. Every painting is a challenge.

Daphne McClure is represented by Cornwall Contemporary, Penzance.

Lot 16

Emma McClure

Sunday Drive

Mixed media on card
21 x 41cm | 8 x 16in
Painted in 2012
Bids starting from £525
SOLD

Born in 1962, Emma McClure trained at Falmouth and Winchester Schools of Art before completing an MA in Painting at Chelsea School of Art in 1985.

She lives and works in London and Cornwall, where she spent the latter part of her childhood, and an early awareness of the St Ives artists had a formative influence on her painting.

Since 1994, Emma has had several one-person shows with Cadogan Contemporary and regularly exhibits in mixed exhibitions at Thompson’s Gallery and Cornwall Contemporary. She has also shown work with the Contemporary Art Society, the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and the Singer and Friedlander Sunday Times Water Colour Competition at the Mall Gallery.

The subjects of her paintings range from still life and landscape to animals and birds, always based on observation but simplified with the aim of creating a spacious and balanced composition.

Emma McClure is represented by Cadogan Contemporary.

Lot 17

Alice Mumford

Orange Egyptian Cloth

Oil on canvas
51 x 61cm | 20 x 24in
Painted in 2012
Bids starting from £1,000
SOLD

Alice Mumford was born in 1965 in Columbia. She studied at Falmouth College of Art and Camberwell School of Art, and now teaches life drawing and painting at St Ives School of Painting.

“When I stop and look at light bouncing off a coloured cloth, the shapes outside the window lit up, the richness and colour of the different objects on the table, yellow-green pears, a glass jug, a black cup, maybe buttercups and pink campion, it calls me to paint. Colour and light, warm and cool; it thrills and absorbs me.”

Alice Mumford is represented by the Belgrave Gallery, St Ives.

Lot 18

David Pearce

Cornish Cottage

Mixed media on panel
22 x 28cm | 7 x 11in
Painted in 2011
Bids starting from £525
SOLD

David Pearce is a self-taught artist living near Padstow. His work has been exhibited internationally since 1998.

He recently had great success at New York’s hippest Art Fair, the “Outsider”, where he was featured by Marion Harris Fine Art, a gallery on Park Avenue that has been selling his work since 2003. Recent Exhibitions include Milwaukee Art Museum, USA and Cadogan Contemporary, London.

“In a turbulent world, David Pearce’s work comes as a breath of fresh air in its directness and honesty. Any devotee of Kettle’s Yard will feel an immediate connection to David’s work, its simplicity and spontaneity, its balance and use of space, the subtlety of the mark making, which all evoke the spirit of Nicholson, Hilton, Heron and Frost.

The new work is moody and solid, dark and full of real character in the finest traditions of the St Ives School and yet at the same time, work truly owned by the artist. This recent work also draws deep into the landscape tradition of Modern British Painting with a limited pallet both enhancing and deepening the mood. David Pearce’s work is testament to his standing as an increasingly important figure in contemporary art.” Ashley Gray

David Pearce is represented by Padstow Fine Art.

Lot 19

Mark Surridge

Ancient Red

Oil on canvas
46 x 92cm | 18 x 36in
Painted in 2005
Bids starting from £1,200
SOLD

Mark Surridge was born in 1963. He studied at Maidstone College of Art and gained an MA at University College, Falmouth.

Mark Surridge has established himself as one of the new and exciting generation of abstract artists in Cornwall. Landscape and the elemental forces of nature have been major inspirations in his work, resulting in ambitious large scale paintings, sculpture and installation.

Surridge’s distinctive and individual work has been selected for numerous exhibitions including, the Newlyn Gallery, the Royal Academy and Tate St Ives. He has had many solo exhibitions.

“Surridge revels in the tone, texture and improvisational malleability of paint and carborundum, searching for the principles of emptiness, calm, simplicity and chance in order to establish an inner tension in his compositions.” Susan Daniel-McElroy, former Director, Tate St Ives

Mark Surridge is represented by Beardsmore Gallery, London and Millenium Gallery, Cornwal

Lot 20

Lisa Wright

Mirror Lake

Oil on canvas
100 x 70cm | 39 x 27in
Painted in 2011
Bids starting from £2,000
SOLD

Lisa Wright trained in the classical tradition at the Royal Academy Schools and is grounded in the daily discipline of drawing and emotional engagement with her subject.

Wright’s large and ambitious paintings have mined the intriguing and distinctly autobiographical theme of her own children’s childhood with an acute and unsentimental directness. In more recent years, her work has represented the ‘universal’ child and the physiological independence of puberty.

After completing a two year residency with The Royal Shakespeare Company in 2008, Wright won the 2009 NOAC prize. Her work has been exhibited at Tate St Ives and at The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition for the past 21 years. Wright is a lecturer in Fine Art at University College Falmouth and has recently become an RWA academician.

Lisa Wright is represented by Beardsmore Gallery London, and Millenium Gallery, Cornwall.