Belgrave St Ives - Modern & Contemporary Art

JOHN EMANUEL - A Collection of Works

JOHN EMANUEL - A Collection of Works

5th to 27th July 2020

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Our next exhibition is JOHN EMANUEL 'A Collection of Works'

John Emanuel is a well known and respected figure in St Ives, where he has lived and worked since the early 1980s, working from one of the famous Porthmeor Studios. He has been showing with the gallery since soon after we opened in St Ives in 1998, and to mark and celebrate this enduring connection, we have collected together a group of his instantly recognisable works.

Born in Bury, Lancashire, John moved to Cornwall in 1964 to pursue his deepening interest in art. He made a living as a signwriter to support his family while he developed his drawing and painting skils with the help of artist friends such as John Wells, Denis Mitchell and Alexander Mackenzie. Inspired by a love of his subject - the figure and the figure embraced by the landscape - Emanuel has developed a distinctive method of working.

His paintings in oil and mixed media often place the female form within a landscape that is simplified but recognisable, whether it is West Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly or Cumbria. This combines the artist's dedication to drawing the nude, often from life, with sensitivity to the ancient landscape. It is this interaction between the classical and sometimes sensual nude with its rugged environment that characterises his work.

Our previous exhibition was ERIC WARD 'About St Ives'

Interested in art from an early age, Ward is a natural painter working in the tradition of the Realist, plein air painters, and can often be seen painting in St Ives using his trusted pochade painting box. Eric began painting in 1985 at the St Ives School of Painting and has been an active member of the St Ives Society of Artists for many years.

As well as examples of his signature views of St Ives, for this exhibition we asked Eric to consider views of St Ives painted historically by some of the artists that have inspired him, including Arnesby Brown, William Cave Day, John Anthony Park, Leonard Richmond, Borlase Smart, W.H.Y. Titcombe and Terrick Williams, and to reinterpret those views in his own style.

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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 and Teagan Pharoah-Green.