Belgrave St Ives - Modern & Contemporary Art
A DISTANT ISLE - Wilhelmina Barns-Graham in Lanzarote

A DISTANT ISLE - Wilhelmina Barns-Graham in Lanzarote

10th to 29th June 2019

Barns-Graham touched down on the island of Lanzarote on Thursday, 16 February, 1989. She had been invited by a friend with whom she stayed, the villa situated on the east coast north of Arrecife, Lanzarote's main town. The visit was a huge success, leading to her making four further visits, the last in 1993.

As well as marvelling at the black rock formations and strange conic hills of the island, Barns-Graham's extensive study of Lanzarote's lava fields is consistent with her interest in geological forms that create the structure of a landscape. Since her move to Cornwall in 1940, her drawings constantly reflect the patterns, natural and man-made, of a place, be it of the Scilly Isles, Switzerland's Grindelwald Glacier (1949), the quarries and ravines of Tuscany/Sicily (1953-1955) or the rocky edge of the Balearics (1958). That she made five trips to Lanzarote in as many years indicates strongly that she found the lava landscape inspiring.

The Lanzarote collection is a remarkable and significant body of work from Willie's later career, the extent of which is yet to be fully assessed. This exhibition, that celebrates the thirtieth anniversary of her first visit, illustrates the breadth of what she achieved.

A DISTANT ISLE - Wilhelmina Barns-Graham in Lanzarote
JACK WATSON - Life Here

JACK WATSON - Life Here

10th to 29th June 2019

An exhibition of 10 recent paintings by Mousehole-based painter Jack Watson. In 2018, Jack was one of three artists selected by the gallery for 'Artscape - New Contemporary Painters', a show of works by three young, developing artists with strong links to Cornwall. This new body of work follows a period being mentored by gallery artist Alice Mumford, and follows Watson's ongoing exploration of abstracted figure and place expressed though the medium of paint.

JACK WATSON - Life Here