"Alfred Wallis, son of Charles and Jane Wallis, was born 18super thnosupersubAugust 1855. He apprentices to a basket maker before becoming a mariner in the merchant service. Marrying Susan Ward in 1876, the family moved to St. Ives in 1880 where Alfred set up his buisiness ""Wallis, Alfred, Marine Stores Dealer . It was after the death of his wife in 1922 that Wallis took up painting. His art became a prolific example of the naive style, and it was only a few years after he started painting when Ben Nicholson and Kit Wood discovered his work. Wallis was propelled into a circle of some of the most progressive artists working in Britain in the 1930s. The influence, however, was all one way; Wallis continued to paint as he always had, and died a pauper in Madron Workhouse in 1942.