24th October 2020 – 28th November 2020
STORIES FROM ST IVES AND BEYOND
This exhibition brings together the work of two very different artists, who nonetheless share an essential link to British Modernism and the history of painting in St Ives.
Trevor Bell’s career as one of our most important abstract artists begins and ends in West Cornwall. His relocation from the north of England to St Ives in 1955, at the suggestion of his friend and mentor Terry Frost, marked the beginning of a lifetime dedicated to exploring the formal properties of painting.
Liz Hough similarly studied and began her career in the north of England, but came to St Ives to pursue her career as an artist and dedicate herself to the subjective principals of Modern British painting. More strongly connected to figuration, but equally devoted to colour and the picture plane, she continues a lineage that has defined abstract painting in St Ives since the last century.
Both their stories have taken the powerful influence of art in St Ives to far-flung places. Both Hough and Bell have also spent their careers teaching and sharing their knowledge and passion for abstraction with new generations of artists, and can be seen as two distinct but important contributors to the ongoing story of St Ives art.
Click here to see Trevor’s catalogue
Click here to see Liz’s catalogue