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.