Shipwreck 1 – The Wreck of the Alba, 1938-40
This work is currently on show in Wreck and Ruin at Falmouth Art Gallery until 3 September 2016.
Painting [AW 27]
Oil on card (orange)
265 x 335 mm
About the artist
Wallis was born in Devon. He was a fisherman and later a scrap-metal merchant in St. Ives. After the death of his wife in 1922, he turned to painting as a way of fending off loneliness. He was admired by Ben Nicholson and Christopher Wood, who came across his work when visiting St. Ives in 1928 and included it in the Seven & Five Society's exhibition of 1929. He died in Madron Poorhouse. Extensive information on Wallis is available at www.alfredwallis.org.uk