The Ingram Collection: The St Ives School
April 6 - June 23
The Story of St Ives
Artists Ben Nicholson and Christopher Wood met amateur painter and St Ives resident, Alfred Wallis, on a trip to the remote Cornish town in 1928. Wallis’ uncomplicated way of painting the coastline had an intense impact on Nicholson, who later, in 1939, settled in the town with his then-wife Barbara Hepworth.
Led by these two artists, the “St Ives School” became a post-war centre for modern and abstract developments of British art, and painters and sculptors from all over the world travelled to the unique destination to absorb the surroundings, using the dramatic shapes, forms and colours of the landscape and weather as motivation to inspire their art.
125 years since Ben Nicholson’s birth, The Ingram Collection: St Ives will highlight the special quality of light, shape and space of the West Cornish town. Displaying paintings by artists such as Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, who drew inspiration from both her St Andrews roots and St Ives hometown, and pioneer of abstract art, Roger Hilton, the exhibition will display artworks from The Ingram Collection to celebrate the St Ives School’s unique, modern depictions of the small fishing town.
For Barbara Hepworth, drawing was intimately connected to her sculpture and to the way she understood the world around her. Join writer, art historian and broadcaster, Michael Bird, to discuss the different dynamics of the artist’s abstract and figurative drawings, their roots in the ideals of twentieth century modernism, and their place in the new landscape of post-war Britain.