Kettle’s Yard House & Gallery

Currently closed while we carry out a major building project

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Kettle's Yard is closed

Kettle's Yard house and gallery is currently closed while we work on our major building project to create a better Kettle's Yard for all.

Born 1901 – Died 1930

Wood was born in Liverpool. Through extended visits to Paris between 1921 and 1924 he came into contact with the European avant-garde, meeting Picasso and Jean Cocteau in 1923. In Britain he became close friends with Ben and Winifred Nicholson, painting with them in Cumberland in 1928. That year he also met Alfred Wallis on a visit to St. Ives with Ben Nicholson, and lived near Wallis for several months. He first visited Brittany in 1929, returning in 1930. During his Parisian years Wood was introduced to opium by Cocteau. He became addicted to it and was under the drug’s influence when he was killed by a train at Salisbury station.