Ever a favourite for British families, Cornwall is a special place to visit for art lovers. Ben Nicholson, the celebrated war artist and Barbara Hepworth, a feminist hero and sculptress are part of the reason St. Ives is so famous. As well as housing the Tate St. Ives and the Barbara Hepworth sculpture garden, this leg of the British Isles now hosts reputable art schools and galleries celebrate the work of Ben Nicholson, Patrick Heron, Barbara Hepworth, Marlow Moss et al.
It’s unsurprising that this group of modernist artists flourished down in the country. The open spaces and exposed climate conditions make Cornwall a romantic landscape. The county has a special kind of light, a bright light which combined with the contrast of the dark cliffs, seas and hills makes for interesting work.
The town is now filled with little galleries and crockery shops, boasting inventive silverware, pots, plates, prints and paintings.
The pretty seaside town is also the home of the Tate St.Ives. After a little amble round the cobbled lanes, we headed over the headland to have a look round the gallery. Overlooking a beautiful stretch of beach, the idyllic setting is great. The home exhibition consisted of the Cornish heroes and a description of how St. Ives came to home such critical names in British art development. The large collection of silks, letters and prints of Patrick Heron (a hero of my art teacher) makes this setting a particularly exciting place to see his work.
The top photograph is a Patrick Heron stained-glass window which features in the entrance of the exhibition. Underneath is a Barbara Hepworth sculpture. The artist is famed for her organic shapes which review negative and positive space using mediums such as marble, slate, wood, granite and metals. Organic materials exploring organic subject matters such as feminism and relationships. Her work is clean and wholesome which is why the Barabara Hepworth garden is such an enriching experience, her sculptures feel at home in a natural environment.
After exploring the gallery space, it was time for an ice-cream and then a surf at Newquay Fistral beach.