This special collection of paintings marks an important moment in the story of St Ives,
and the career of distinguished artist Colin Orchard. Having been resident in the town
for 40 years, Colin has established himself as a respected painter of interior scenes and
landscapes. In more than 30 years, however, he has rarely put brush to canvas on the subject
of St Ives, until now. For more than a year before the pandemic Colin did not paint at all,
but in the quietude of lockdown when the streets of St Ives were empty, he was inspired to
wander its lanes, recording precious glimpses of its silent streets. Taking us from high on
Bellair Terrace down to the Hepworth Sculpture Garden, the Palais de Dance, past Ayr
Lane to Wills Lane and through Market Place, along the harbour to Bunkers Hill, Love
Lane, through the Digey and over to Porthmeor, the resulting works offer an intimate
portrait of St Ives at an unusual time, seen through the eyes of an artist familiar with its every twist and turn.
Colin Orchard was elected to the Royal Society of British Artists in 2007, but resigned in
2017. He has exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions and galleries including
David Messum, Medici, Walker Galleries, Ainscough and New Grafton, and in 2015 he held
his landmark 80th birthday exhibition here at the New Craftsman.