The work of legendary naïve artist Alfred Wallis reflects both the Cornish port of St. Ives and a particularly exciting moment in British art history following his ‘discovery’ in 1928 by established artists Ben Nicholson and Christopher Wood. This exhibition explores Wallis’ unique vision and his influence on Nicholson’s work, focusing on paintings and drawings by the two artists dating from the late 1920s to the 1940s. Major loans from public collections will be seen alongside rarely seen works from private collections, and Compton Verney’s own important Wallis painting Schooner Approaching Harbour of c 1930.
Open since 26 March, this exhibition has already recieved widespread critical aclaim:
* * * * “focused but refreshing… a wonderful selection” - The Times
“This exhibition charts Nicholson's self-conscious emulation of Wallis's landscapes and seascapes. But it's Wallis who will steal the show with his utterly convincing reflections on the sea's hypnotic magnetism.” - The Guardian
“These works are gems.” - Leamington Courier
* * * - The Independent