Alfred Wallis : Cornish Primitive Painter, Paperback Book

Alfred Wallis : Cornish Primitive Painter Paperback


Wallis was a semi-literate Cornish fisherman, a little mentally unbalanced and largely deaf, who took up painting at the age of seventy, never having received any tuition.

He painted largely out of loneliness, selling his pictures for a few pence to anyone who wanted them.

He died in a workhouse above Penzance at the age of eighty-seven.

Wallis used to paint old scraps of cardboard, most of them oddly shaped and supplied by the local grocer.

He insisted on using ship's paint, a medium which he understood, and he employed very few colours.

His subject was usually the sea and boats - scenes he had known during his early days as an Atlantic seaman and offshore fisherman.

Painting was for him a dip into the memories of the past.

Despite his lack of training, during his lifetime Wallis had a few distinguished patrons, for the most part artists, scholars and museum officials, among whom were Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth and H.

S. Ede (then at the Tate Gallery).


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 112 pages, 100 Illustrations, color
  • Publisher: Unicorn Publishing Group
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  • Category: History of art / art & design styles
  • ISBN: 9781906509897



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