A very special exhibition of 27 of the 32 original pen and ink drawings made by Sven Berlin to illustrate his infamous roman-à-clef The Dark Monarch in 1962. The work was a thinly-disguised and irreverent portrait of St Ives, its artists, and others who lived and worked in the town. Among the loosely disguised cast of artistic characters were W. Barns-Graham, Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Bernard Leach, Peter Lanyon, Patrick Heron, Bryan Wynter and many others. The novel was withdrawn soon after publication, when legal action was taken by four of the local ‘characters’ in the book. This is the first time that the original drawings made for the novel have been exhibited and made available for sale.
Opening on Mon 2 December is Winter Exhibition 2019, our annual exhibition of Prints, Drawings and Ceramics, including works by Modern British, St Ives Modern and Contemporary Artists. The price range for works in this year's exhibition is £150 to £5000, and most works are offered with free delivery before Christmas.
Includes works by: Norman Ackroyd, Gillian Ayers, Michael Ayrton, Julian Bailey, John Barnicoat, W. Barns-Graham, Trevor Bell, Sandra Blow, Pierre Bonnard, Virginia Bounds, Denis Bowen, John Bratby, Horace Brodzky, Billy Childish, John Charles Clark, Henry Cliffe, Prunella Clough, Jessica Cooper, Bob Crossley, Alan Davie, Peter Davies, Robyn Denny, John Emanuel, Mary Fedden, Clifford Fishwick, Anthony Frost, Luke Frost, Terry Frost, Eric Gill, Duncan Grant, Anthony Gross, Patrick Hayman, Julie Held, Barbara Hepworth, Josef Herman, Patrick Heron, Roger Hilton, Liz Hough, John Hoyland, Bryan Ingham, Albert Irvin, Helen Lessore, Jason Lilley, Margaret Ludwig, Alexander Mackenzie, Jane Mac Miadhachain, Felicity Mara, Anna Mayerson, Denis Mitchell, Henry Moore, Paul Nash, Ben Nicholson, Breon O’Casey, Harry Ousey, Jack Paffett, Victor Pasmore, Bryan Pearce, Michael Porter, Douglas Portway, Man Ray, Brian Rice, William Scott, Ruskin Spear, Graham Sutherland, Philip Sutton, Robin Tanner, Julian Trevelyan, Keith Vaughan (illus. right), Robin Wallace, Eric Ward, John Wells, Karl Weschke, Sarah Woods and others.
Ceramics by: Artists include: Charles Bound, Clive Bowen, Michael Cardew,John Dunn, Terry Frost, Lisa Hammond, Ashley Howard, Jim Malone, William Marshall, Ursula Mommens, Phil Rogers, Troika Pottery, Alan Wallwork, Robin Welch, Rachel Wood and others.
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Belgrave St Ives specialises in Modern British and Contemporary Art. There is an emphasis on work by artists associated with Cornwall from the 1930s to the present time. The gallery is the only private art gallery in Cornwall showing regular exhibitions of work by major artists associated with the St Ives Modern Period as well as exhibitions of works by other select Modern British and Contemporary Artists. The gallery works with a number of artists, artists’ estates, collectors and other galleries, to produce an annual programme of changing monthly one-person and themed exhibitions usually accompanied by published material.
Located in the heart of historic and picturesque St Ives, the gallery is situated very close to the Barbara Hepworth Museum. Opened in 1998 as sister gallery to Belgrave Gallery (est. London 1974), the St Ives gallery became independent in 2010. The gallery aims to present exhibitions in an informative and friendly manner and the staff are always happy to discuss all aspects of art on display. In addition to gallery exhibitions, Belgrave St Ives has an active online presence (website, blog, Facebook) and holds a large inventory of art not on show that can easily be arranged for viewing by interested visitors.
Gallery team: Michael Gaca (Director), Richard Blackborow, Dominica Williamson, Milly Freeman and Polly Carter.