Belgrave St Ives - Modern & Contemporary Art

Exhibition Venues:

26 June - 1 July  The Crypt Gallery, St Ives Society of Artists, St Ives, TR26 1NA
27 June - 18 July Hepworth Room, Penwith Gallery, St Ives, TR26 1NL
4 July- 18 July  The Studio, Belgrave St Ives, Towednack, TR26 3BB

Showing at three Venues in St Ives, Cornwall and in our Virtual Reality Gallery, and featuring oil paintings, reliefs and etchings shown for the first time in England, the exhibition includes a series of abstract paintings that represent the last work Harris made in the late 60s. These large oils on Masonite were recently rediscovered in Harris’s Australian studio and they are shown for the first time in this exhibition.

Born in 1932, Harris studied at Leeds College of Art before moving to St Ives in 1956. He shared Porthmeor Studio 7 with Tasmanian artist Gwen Leitch, before emigrating to Australia together in 1970.

Jeffrey Harris arrived in St Ives at a time the small seaside town was enjoying a growing international reputation as a centre for Modernist Art and a popular location for aspiring young artists. Bringing with him a solid training based on principles of ‘Bauhaus’ teachings influenced by artists Harry Thubron and Victor Pasmore, Harris was keen to find a personal visual language free of figuration and says, ‘My painting references a temporality and concern for place that evokes memory, early beginnings in Yorkshire, the landscape, the sea, and the places of Cornwall, and Australia. From these starting points my practice has developed both non-figuratively and with degrees of figuration to explore the visual language of colour and form’.

The artist continued to develop his work throughout the 1960s in St Ives and exhibited work in London before emigrating to Tasmania with Gwen Leitch, and their four children, in 1970. Subsequently moving to Adelaide, Harris pursued his painting career where he explored the colour and landscape of this new continent, exhibiting at galleries in Adelaide and Sydney. During this time Harris revisited St Ives on several occasions in effect keeping a connection to both the environments of South Australia and Cornwall, England, of which he states,‘my practice has always been informed by a deep connection to the landscape of West Penwith and to South Australia

Harris was a Member of the Penwith Society of Arts and Crafts and lecturer at Falmouth School of Art and later at the Tasmanian School of Art and South Australian School of Art. His First solo exhibition was at the Rowan Gallery, London in 1961. Further one-person shows were held in Adelaide galleries, and at Robin Gibson Gallery Sydney.

Of the formative St Ives years, Harris says: “I learned a work ethic and what it was to be an independent artist when I moved, aged in my mid 20s, to St Ives. The professional support and friendship from artists including Patrick Heron, Peter Lanyon, Bernard Leach, Tony O’Malley was significant. These artists set an example for the rest of my painting life. Aged 89, I still paint every day.

Work is held in Collections including Arts Council of Great Britain, Whitworth, Manchester University, Artbank, Australia, Parliament House, Canberra, Australia.

Awards; Leeds City Travelling Art Scholarship, British Council Acquisition Award, Kedumba Drawing Prize, Hysen Prize for Australian Landscape

Location, Opening and Contact Details:

Belgrave St Ives is now operating as an online gallery from a studio & art store two miles from the centre of St Ives at Higher Bussow Farm, Towednack, Cornwall TR26 3BB. Use this link to find us on Google Maps.

Individual viewings of art can be arranged in a relaxed rural setting, and the gallery will be presenting a programme of online exhibitions throughout the year.

You are most welcome to contact us to make an appointment to visit us in our new location. Please call 01736 794888, email or send a direct message to our Instagram account: @belgravestives

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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, with 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. Belgrave St Ives works with a number of artists, artists’ estates, collectors and galleries, to produce a programme of changing one-person and themed exhibitions.

For 22 years Belgrave St Ives was located in the heart of historic and picturesque St Ives, and is now operating online to focus on its core activities and to work more closely with individual clients and artists.

Opened in 1998 as sister gallery to Belgrave Gallery (est. London 1974), the gallery became independent in 2010. Belgrave St Ives aims to present exhibitions in an informative and friendly manner and the team are always happy to discuss all aspects of the art we deal in.

Gallery team: Michael Gaca (Director), Richard Blackborow and Dominica Williamson.