John Watson has been the esteemed Chairman and Honorary Member of the St Ives Society of Artists for over a decade.
Sean’s paintings reflect his interest in the Cornish landscape and harbour life. After studying graphics and a successful career in advertising, Sean returned to his love of fine art painting. He has exhibited extensively and his work has been purchased by collectors worldwide.
Adrienne Peverall is a Cornwall-based artist and printmaker whose work is inspired by her love of nature and the animals roaming freely on the moorland where she lives.
Since the early 1990s Adrienne has produced many monoprints etchings and paintings; the almost abstract monoprints portray rich intuitive colour relationships whilst the etchings contain combinations of strong draughtmanship and tonal contrasts. There is also nearly always an element of humour present in her wildlife observations.
The Porthmeor Print Workshop across the road from the Mariners Gallery became a regular working studio for Adrienne and many other artist-printmakers, some of whom exhibit at the Mariners Gallery and Penwith Gallery.
This long association with the art scene in St Ives coincides with Adrienne’s membership of the St Ives Society, as a member of the committee and as a Director and Hon. Secretary.
‘I’ve always been a maker and I loved creating things from a very young age. Doing a Textile degree in the 1970s at Liverpool School of Art was a natural progression and I specialised in woven tapestry. I moved to the Barbican workshops in Penzance after finishing my degree. It was marvellous to be in Cornwall and to become immersed in the art environment in St Ives and Penzance. I soon moved from weaving to embroidery and painting, both easier to achieve living in a VW camper and then having a growing family! I am also a member of The Makers Emporium, a cooperative gallery in St Just in West Penwith. We have quite a few textile artists in the gallery.‘
Peter Giles is an abstract artist, who moved from Milton Keynes to St Ives Cornwall in 2010. He became a Director of the St Ives Society of Artists in 2022.
After working for 15 years in adult education, Peter co-founded the Barnoon Workshops in St Ives with his wife Zoe Eaton. The main body of his work is abstract drawing using small marks to build the image. Peter sets out rules at the start of each piece and follow until it is finished.
He works mainly on paper and on ‘found’ or recycled wood and many other materials.
Zoe Eaton was born in London, and is now living in St. Ives, Cornwall. Zoe studied fine art/ painting at UCN Northampton and is a member of the St Ives Society of Artists, and Co-founder of Barnoon Arts. Zoe has been teaching art for over 20 years in adult education, and community art projects.
Her abstract paintings with fresh quirky forms and bold colour combinations are created with oil paint on canvas – that fundamentally explore the language of colour, the physicality of materials and process of painting itself. Zoe became a Director at the Society in 2022.
“My paintings are often created intuitively, without a clear idea of how the finished work will look. Ranging from fresh minimal images to more complex ‘landscapes’ of paint that are built up slowly over many months. Inspiration is found in the visual world around me, from the stunning cornish landscape, to anything that catches my eye from scraps of fabric or marks on the pavement.”
My work includes paintings, mosaics, jewellery and freestanding art using various mediums, often including found or repurposed items.
Although I love the beautiful wild county of Cornwall where I live, my true nature lies within the factories and boiler rooms of industry and the city. My abstract artwork is mostly inspired by engineering and the urban landscape.
I love to put shapes, textures and colours together in a way that I believe is beautiful and it makes me feel happy. I want people to see whatever they like in my work, to add their own interpretation.
Lynette was born in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, and is a member of the Sutton Art Society. She has had numerous exhibitions at galleries in Sutton Coldfield and other parts of the country. She has won numerous awards including the Eda Wilkinson award for best painting in an exhibition.
Lynette has been at director at the St Ives Society of Artists since 2015.