Cornwall has been a natural home to inspiration, art and ideas since the early 19th century.
So much so that, apart from London, you'll find nowhere in the whole country that's host to more working artists than Cornwall.
The quality of light at the county's western end is bright and artist-friendly;
it's essentially a finger of land surrounded by light-reflecting sea.
The art colony of St Ives in Cornwall became as important as Paris or London in the history of modernism during
a golden creative period between the 1920s and 1960s. Today, St Ives, the original artists' colony along with Newlyn, is still
synonymous with art.
Here on the Lizard there has been a strong tradition with the arts. Some contemporary artists are introduced below.
Terence Coventry Sculptures on the Cliffs near Coverack
Terence Coventry was born in Birmingham in 1938. He studied fine art at Stourbridge (1954).
Having done National Service in the RAF (1959-61), he was accepted by the Royal College of Art in 1961 to study painting,
but left after a year and took up farming in west Cornwall.
It was not until 1985 that he began to make sculpture his major activity, triggered by the vast amount of elm wood on his land that
became available for carving as a result of Dutch elm disease.
It is from farming that Coventry derives most of his inspiration and stimulus.
Bulls, birds, cows and boars frequently feature in his sculpture, as does the human figure. The land, its contrasts and changing
atmosphere are also influences expressed in the form and surface texture of his animals and figures.
Strong figurative sculptures are displayed on the cliff top near Coverack above the historic Chynalls Point.
A catalogue showing his sculptures can be found at the link:
Martin works both in the landscape itself and in the studio to achieve a semi-abstract response to the
experience of sketching in all seasons on the West coast of the Lizard peninsula, where he lhe enjoyed a successful commission
in the Caribbean with both landscape and portrait work.
In spring 2006, Martin undertook a project that involved drawing and painting in Milan, relating the cathedral
and church structures to the cliffs of the Lizard. Andalucia, its horses and the cathedral/mosque of Cordoba is also now a strong element
within his painting, but Predannack, on the Lizard between Mullion and Kynance, remains at the core of Martin's work.
Born in Lancashire in 1946, Martin however has spent most of his life in Cornwall including his childhood.
After studying cybernetics and computer design at university, he returned to Cornwall, where he taught for 23 years.
Since 1999 he has been a full time artist. His art training includes an MA in Fine Art from Falmouth College of Art awarded in 2000.
He has had solo shows in Cornwall and London, and has exhibited in a number of galleries in Cornwall and elsewhere in the UK,including London,
Oxford, Burford and Henley. He is an active member of the Lizard Art Society and a member of the Newlyn Society of Artists.
Link to Martin's website:
Andre is a self taught artist and has created an unmistakable style of his own.
He has worked on projects as varied as Shelterbox aid relief, ice cream packaging, greeting cards and children's books including
the 'Freddie The Ferry' series.
Link to Andre's website:
Michel Roux, Trecarne Pottery, is French and trained as a Chef at the Ã‰cole HÃ´teliÃ¨re de Toulouse,
before he knew he was really a potter at heart.
The chef training was useful. As a chef his speciality was the sauces and he now uses the same subtle blending techniques with his
glazes to produce the palette of colours that are found in the Cornish seas and skies.
Also, as a chef, he makes sure all his pottery is fully functional.
His teapots and jugs pour properly and a lot of thought goes into the simple shapes of his designs.
His aim is for spontaneity in making and pleasure in using. His influences, apart from the chefâ€™s training,
come from time spent with his father, an artist in Provence.
With his father he developed an eye for colour and design and a love of Picassoâ€™s simple style of drawing.
The Trecarne Pottery is on the edge of Mullion Village.
Link to Michel's website:
Michel Roux - Trecarne Pottery
Mullion Art Gallery
Mullion Gallery is located in the village and features the work of over eighty artists and craftspeople
living and working on the Lizard Peninsula.
The work of some of the artists is shown in the slide show at the top of the page.
Link to the website:
Lizard Art Society
Lizard Art Co-operative is a group of artists who live and work on the Lizard Peninsula.
The styles of the members, and media in which they work varies greatly, but they are all rooted in the beautiful
natural Cornish environment in which they are at home. They have members producing paintings, photography and textiles which
is all on display in the Stableyard Gallery at Trelowarren, near Helston.
They are a co-operative and steward the gallery themselves so a member of the group is always available to discuss the work on show.
Link to the website:
Lizard Art Society