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Join us for an online conversation exploring the life and work of Alfred Wallis, inspired by our current exhibition Alfred Wallis Rediscovered.
Alfred Wallis spent most of his life as a seaman and fisherman in Cornwall, only turning to painting at the age of seventy. Although he painted from memory, his evocative images of ships, fishing vessels and the Cornish landscape were based on a lifetime of direct experience.
Drawing on Robert Jones’s extensive research into the life and work of Alfred Wallis, the conversation will explore how Wallis’ intimate understanding of the Cornish landscape and wealth of nautical knowledge can help us to interpret and appreciate the artworks that he made in later life, and to dispel myths and assumptions around Wallis’ work.
£5 (FREE for students)
Robert Jones is an artist and author. Born in Newquay, Cornwall, he studied fine art at Falmouth School of Art. He spent seven years fishing around the Cornish coast before working as a teacher and lecturer while continuing to paint, eventually turning to painting full time.
Robert has taken an interest in the life and work of the artist Alfred Wallis since the 1960s. His critically acclaimed book Alfred Wallis Artist and Mariner was published in 2001. With original insights into the sources of Wallis’s imagery and research into his seagoing days and life in St Ives, the title is now in its fourth edition.
Eliza Spindel is Curatorial Assistant: House and Collection at Kettle’s Yard, and co-curator of Alfred Wallis Rediscovered.
Image: Page from Grey Sketchbook, Alfred Wallis Sketchbooks, 1941-2. Lent anonymously. All rights reserved.