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Lauren Sebastian obtained a BA in Fine Art in 2000, and worked in education. She recently moved to St Ives where she has a studio.


Born in Shropshire, the daughter of a New Zealand sheep farmer. Studied art in Edinburgh and Paris. Locally she was a pupil of Charles Walter SIMPSON and Fred MILNER. She lived at Morvah Studio, St Ives and exhibited during the 1920s and 30s both locally and at the Society of Women Artists, with her friends in London. She exhibited in Show Days of 1923, and 1924, and in the latter she exhibited The White Sands of Picardy (prior to RA) and Hero Worship. She liked to travel and this is shown in her wide range of titles.

Other titles include Lostwithiel (wc) and Primroses and Polyanthus (wc), both of which were exhibited at the Falmouth Group Show in 1896. She is also known to have exhibited with another friend also from New Zealand, Helen Elizabeth Overbury FOX, at the St Ives Show Day 1923, from the Crab Rock Studio. Her close friends were Dorothea SHARP and Marcella SMITH.


Jenny Seddon's illustrative screen prints are based on nature, everyday objects and other sketch book musings.


 Sarah Seddon's speciality is printmaking, with a particular interest in etching and aquatint.



Born in Bristol, the caricaturist and social satirist, Anne studied under Charles Orchardson and John Hassall at the London School of Art and in Paris. She married Walter Sefton, an Irish linen merchant, although she always used her maiden name 'FISH' when signing her works. An animal lover, she became particularly well-known for her amusing paintings of cats, although in the 1920s and 1930s she contributed drawings and caricatures on the flapper lifestyle to 'The Tatler' and created the character of 'Eve of the Tatler'.

In the 1926 Bookman, a review of Sugar and Spice by Lady Kitty Vincent (Bodley Head), reads 'Sixty sparkling essays by Lady Kitty Vincent and a dozen of those comically grotesque sketches for which "Fish" is celebrated constitute a volume which may be heartily commended for between-courses in serious reading.' These illustrations were not cats, but caricatures of 'grotesquely' thin women dressed in the flapper style.

The couple moved to St Ives after the end of the War. In later years she served on the management and hanging committees of NAG, and upon her death bequeathed them a cash legacy.  For eight years prior to her death in 1964 she held an exhibition of cat subjects at her Digey studio, donating the proceeds to the Cat Protection League. She also made available Studio 27 to other artists for one-man shows.



Hyman Segal was born in London in 1914 and attended the Jew's Free School (known today as JFS) in Camden Town, London. The JFS website notes: Not only is Hyman Segal an artist of genius, but he is an outstanding personality. He is fighting a lone battle against race bias, particularly the colour bar. He became blind at the age of nine, regained his sight, and eventually won the JFS Raphael Tuck Scholarship under the tuition of Mr S. Polak.

At the age of 12 he won a scholarship to study at St. Martin's School of Art, where other students included Leon Underwood and Vivian Pitchforth, and his artistic career broadened to include painting, sculpture and design. He was a member of the Royal Society of British Artists and a National Registered Designer. In 1935 he was commissioned by London Transport to design a series of posters.

In 1946, on his return from war service in Africa he joined the St Ives Society of Artists, of which he was a committee member. In 1949 he was one of the founding members of the Penwith Society of Artists. He worked from 10 Porthmeor Studios and became known locally for his black and white drawings of people, fisherman and cats. He did live for a time in St Agnes, and for a while he provided art therapy for TB patients at Tehidy Sanatorium. His caricatures of pubgoers in St Agnes, drawn in the 1950's, were exhibited at St Agnes Museum in 2012 and copies of his famous caricatures of St Ives locals can still be seen in The Sloop Inn.

He died in December 2004 at the Edward Hain Hospital, St. Ives, aged 90.


The artist exhibited three small oil paintings at the St Ives Show Day in Spring 1924, showing his work from Lanham's Gallery. One of these oils depicted an old gateway with pink blossom stretching over it, considered to be very effective (by the reviewer).

George Joseph SEIDENECK


The artist was born in Chicago, Illinois on February 4, 1885, of Czechoslovakian descent (the Seidenecks were architects who for two hundred years built castles in Bohemia). He studied at Smith Art Academy and the Art Institute of Chicago.

In 1911 he sailed to Europe for further study in England and the Royal Academy in Munich under Carl Marr and Walter Thor (1911-14). On this study tour, he worked and exhibited with the St Ives painters at their Show Day in March, 1912. After returning to Chicago, Seideneck taught at the Academy of Fine Art and Academy of Design. After his marriage to Catherine Comstock of Carmel, California in 1920, the couple spent two and a half years travelling and studying in Europe. He remained a resident of Carmel until his death on March 7, 1972.

Jennifer SEMMENS


 Jennifer Semmens was born in Cornwall. She studied at Falmouth College of Art and Gloucestershire College of Arts and Technology in Cheltenham before returning to west Penwith in 1986 to paint professionally. She is known for semi-abstract compositions whose inspiration is derived from the industrial and mining sites of west Cornwall. She employs a palette of subtle, earthy colours on rough textured surfaces of her own making, creating the impression of archaeological finds.

Semmens has been a regular exhibitor at Penwith Gallery in St Ives and the Rainyday Gallery in Penzance. A wide range of west country exhibitions has been augmented by shows in London, Germany, France and the Netherlands. Her work is also included in the Truro School Collection and the George Dannatt Trust. 

Patricia SERVICE


Woodland Scene, a painting by this artist, is in the art collection of Royal Cornwall Hospital.