Born at Dawlish of Devonian parentage, he trained at South London School of Art, then St Martin's School of Art. He first exhibited at the RA in 1912, the same year as he was encouraged by Lord Kitchener to undertake the revival and reorganisation of Egyptian Arts and Crafts, being appointed Chief inspector of the Art and Trade Schools.
'During this period he was greatly influenced by the simplicity and symbolism of Ancient Egyptian Art, hence after 14 years he returned to the West Country and worked with the Newlyn School under the direction of Ernest PROCTER. In 1926 at NAG he exhibited The Abandoned Clay-pit.
At NAG (1927) he was reviewed as striking a modern note with his painting of gulls and in 1928 (NAG) he offered A Flutter of Wings, The Moonlight Bather and Back Street St Ives. He settled to live at St Ives and worked from Trezion chiefly in the1920s and 30s his art first mentioned in St Ives press in 1925. A versatile painter working in a number of styles, he was highly praised by Julius OLSSON.
His favourite subjects were the harbour and old houses in St Ives and the China Clay Pits. His St Ives work was reproduced for posters and postcards, so they were affordable to all. A good example is The Quayside, St Ives, reprinted in colour in the Home Lovers Book. He was a key figure in the formation of STISA, alongside George F BRADSHAW. Possibly moved away from St Ives to Plymouth after 1939, and then on to Bristol 1946, remaining active in art circles there.
Landscape and coastal painter in oil and watercolour, etcher and aquatint artist
works and access
Works include: Low tide St Ives Harbour - (s) - oil on board -14x19.5cm; & those mentioned in biographical section. The Sloop St Ives (signed, oil on board)
Access to Work: Bristol; Bristol Cathedral; Plymouth;
In Cornwall: RCM, Truro: Gorsedd 1933 Roche (oil on canvas)
RA (5) NAG 1926; STISA St Ives 1928; Summer, Porthmeor Gallery 1929; Summer, Etching and aquatint section Abbey GL; GI; LI
misc further info
Barnes Thomas Auction Cat (9 July 2008) col pl: The Sloop St Ives
Buckman (2006) Artists/Britain since 1945:
Hardie (2009) Artists/Newlyn & West Cornwall p286 Bibl
Home Lovers Book of Art
Johnson & Greutzner
Public Catalogue Foundation (2007) Cornwall & Isles of Scilly: Oil Paintings in Public Ownership;
Tovey (2000) George Fagan Bradshaw - Submariner & Marine Artist, etc. STISA Principal members list p228
Tovey (2003) Creating a Splash (Illus)
Tovey (2009) St Ives/ Social History
Tovey (2010) Sea Change
Wormleighton (1998) Morning Tide, JAP & the Painters of Light