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Talks // Coming up // AHL: Alfred Wallis: Naïve Painter & Modernist Inspiration
28 March

AHL: Alfred Wallis: Naïve Painter & Modernist Inspiration

Join art historian Catherine Wallace as she explores the captivating art of Alfred Wallis, a genuine naive painter. Wallace, explains how to read Wallis’ paintings and identity the Cornish coastline he is depicting along with other landscapes. His unique way of painting, architecture, boats and trees is also explored. 

Wallace analyses how Wallis influenced renowned St. Ives Modernists Ben and Winifred Nicholson, Christopher Wood, and W. Barnes-Graham. 

Uncover the significant moment when Wood and Nicholson discovered Wallis in 1928, leading to the collection of Wallis' works by artists and curators such as Jim Ede. Wallace also references the exceptional collection of Wallis' paintings housed in Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, curated by Ede, providing invaluable insights into Wallis' artistic journey.

Catherine Wallace is a freelance art historian, writer and lecturer specialising in British and  European 19th and 20th century art with a focus on artists who were based in Cornwall, England. Wallace also has an in depth knowledge of commercial contemporary art and artists from Cornwall. Catherine Wallace has over 30 years experience as a curator and writer on art. This informs the lectures and guided tours she now offers online and live in Cornwall.

Art History Lecture: Alfred Wallis (1855 – 1942) Naïve Painter and Modernist Inspiration
Thursday 28th March 6:00pm

Tickets: £12

A £1 Poly Fund payment is added to each ticket sold

You may also be interested in the rest of our Art History Lecture Series given by Catherine Wallace: 

Pioneer Women Artists in Falmouth (17th Century to 1940) Thursday 28th September 6.00pm

Colourful Characters - Laura Knight’s Models Thursday 25th October 6.00pm 

From Fertiliser to Fine Art: Alfred De Pass (1861 – 1952) Art Collector & Philanthropist Thursday 30th November 6.00pm

Rural Realism: The influence of Jules Bastien- Lepage on The Newlyn School and International Contemporaries Thursday 25th January 2024 6.00pm

Father and Daughter: Norman and Alethea Garstin - Two Impressionists in Cornwall Thursday 29th February 2024 6.00pm

Alfred Wallis (1855 – 1942) Naïve Painter and Modernist Inspiration Thursday 28th March 2024 6.00pm

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