An exhibition of sculpture, paintings, drawings and prints by one of the major names of St Ives post-War art. Sven Berlin arrived in Cornwall in the mid 1930s, before even Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth, and was a founder member of the Crypt Group (1946). After leaving St Ives he lived among the gypsies of the New Forest before finally settling in Dorset, where he died in 1999. An awesomely creative man, Berlin's work was full of the passion and enthusiasm of a man fascinated by life, displaying consummate draughtsmanship, and imbued with an indomitable polymathic spirit.
The exhibition is complemented by a show in Gallery Two of works by the group of St Ives Moderns working in the town during the post-War period. As well as providing context for the Sven Berlin exhibition, the show also coincides with the opening of the new Tate St Ives and offers visitors the chance to see and purchase works by St Ives Modern artists.
ALICE MUMFORD - Strategic Colour has now closed but works can still be viewed online. In this her sixth solo exhibition to be held at Belgrave St Ives, Alice has created 34 new paintings to be exhibited throughout the main gallery. The artist asks the viewer to study and celebrate with her the importance of colour; how it can be used to picture both everyday ordinariness and the wonder of life. A fully illustrated catalogue, available on request, accompanies the exhibition with an introductory essay by Dr. Ian Massey.
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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 Milly Freeman.