One of the artists most closely associated with St Ives was Alfred Wallis. Unlike most of the other resident painters, who had art school training and had moved to St Ives to
live and work, Wallis had lived there for most of his life but only started painting when he was in his 70s.
His subjects were mainly ships at sea and the town itself with its surrounding countryside.
Wallis' untutored painting style was dismissed by locals, but the artist Ben Nicholson was among those inspired by the spontaneity of his work.
Alfred Wallis, The Hold House Port Mear Square Island Port Mear Beach,
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