Alfred Wallis - Two sailing ships

Alfred Wallis – Two sailing ships – pencil and oil on card – 20x34cm

We’ve seen some paintings that looked like they might have been done by naive artists, but weren’t. Now we have the real deal. Alfred Wallis lived at St Ives, Cornwall, working as a fisherman and later at various jobs to earn a living. He took up painting in 1922, so he is then about 67 with 20 years remaining.

A modern artist group started in St Ives in 1928 which included Ben Nicholson. They immediately became known to each other and friends. Ben Nicholson admired Wallis’s work and made attempts to champion it. Fortunately, the modern artists friends had no influence on Alfred Wallis.

Alfred Wallis - Gunboats in wartime

Alfred Wallis – Gunboats in wartime – oil on panel – 18x31cm

 

Alfred Wallis - Two steamers in an estuary

Alfred Wallis – Two steamers in an estuary – oil on paper laid on card – 33x37cm

 

 

 

Alfred Wallis - A sailing ship

Alfred Wallis – A sailing ship – pencil and oil on paper laid on board – 21x34cm

 

 

 

 

 

Alfred Wallis - Saltash Bridge

Alfred Wallis – Saltash Bridge – pencil and oil on card – 22x29cm

 

 

Alfred Wallis - Ships and lighthouse, houses

Alfred Wallis – Ships and lighthouse, houses – pencil and oil on brown paper – 22x35cm

 

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