CORNWALL is artist country, immortalised by
the colonies at St Ives, Newlyn and Lamorna. For
generations this peninsula of big skies and swelling
seas has beguiled artists with its renowned quality
of light. So much so, that today Cornwall has one
of the highest populations of artists and craftspeople
in the country.
Its ancient landscape has also
been a popular retreat for poets, writers and
musicians, both resident and visitors alike. Whether
inspired by her dramatic coastline, countryside,
moorland, rivers or harbours, the Cornish landscape
has more than matched their creative needs.
This book is a celebration of the character and
‘spirit’ of a unique landscape in words and pictures.
It presents the reader with a fascinating glimpse
into the artist’s own personal and physical
relationship with the place and it also brings
together for the first time some of its most
celebrated contemporary artists. Some are
published for the first time, alongside others who
have received much international acclaim. Between
them they encompass a wide variety of subjects,
styles, media, as well as working methods.
Complimenting the paintings the author provides
a fascinating commentary, which also includes
musings and extracts from poets and writers
associated with the county.
illustrated book features 130 paintings, many of
which have been reproduced for the first time.
All who are passionate about the Cornish
landscape will treasure this handsome volume.
Ray Balkwill, SWAc is a well-known West
Country artist whose connections with
Cornwall span five decades. Although his
roots lie deep in the red earth of Devonshire,
Cornwall has been instrumental in shaping
both his life and career.
Born in Exeter in 1948,
he graduated from Exeter College of Art,
thereafter making a career in advertising as an
Art Director. In 1990 demand for his paintings
led him to give up his job to become a
professional artist. He has held many successful
solo exhibitions and his work has featured
in numerous group and open exhibitions. He
also teaches painting and for the past twenty
years has run painting holidays in Cornwall, as
well as throughout the UK. He is a regular contributor
to The Artist Magazine and his work has
also featured in many other publications. He is
author of six art books including Ray Balkwill’s
Exe Estuary and A Picture of Devon also
published by Halsgrove.
In 2006 he was
elected an Academician in the South West
Academy of Fine and Applied Arts and has
been a member of the St Ives Society of
Artists since 1999.
Imprint: Halstar. ISBN 978 1 906690 23 6, hardback, 238x258mm, 144 pages. Published September 2010.Reprinted May 2015.