Alfred Wallis (18th August 1855 - 29th August 1942) was a Cornish Fisherman and Artist. He was born and raised in Penzance, where he also married his wife Susan Ward at St Mary's Church. Following the death of both his infant children and his wife, Wallis decided to paint.
Without having any art education, Wallis's paintings falls under the category of naive art, Alfred Wallis was one of the first members of the St. Ives art scene.
|Houses at St. Ives, Cornwall ?c.1928-1942 at the Tate Britain|
|The Blue Ship c.1934 at The Tate Britain|
His childlike paintings had gained huge popularity in the art world with many people practicing this technique whether they were educated in the art world or not. At Artist Residence, we have decided that the painting below with the huge fish chasing the boat is our favourite.
The Association of British Naive Art will be hosting a two week exhibition that will bring together the biggest collection of naive art. This will be held at the The Mariners Gallery in August. I know, it is still seems so far away! We just want you to prepare your stay in advance so that you won't miss out on this amazing opportunity.
To look at more Alfred Wallis work online, check out the Alfred Wallis website and the BBC.