Alfred Wallis

Art on This Day
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Cornish painter Alfred Wallis died on this day in 1942. His work is an example of Naive art where he often ignores perspective and scale is based up on importance of the objects.

 

In his early he life worked as a fisherman and took up painting later in his life after his wife died “for company”. He was a self taught painter with his work being an example of Naive art. Wallise often ignores perspective and scale is based up on importance of the objects. He painted seascapes from memory largely as the world of sail he knew was being replaced by steamships. He paintng with improvised materials, painting on cardboard scraps using a limited pallet of paint bought from ships chandlers. He was brought to light by Ben Nicholson and Kit Wood who came to St Ives to establish an artist colony, Wallis was thrown into a circle of some of the most progressive artist in Britain during the 1930s.

 

Although he was introduced to collector Jim Ede who promoted his work in London, he sold few paintings and died in poverty while working at the Madron workhouse.