Tessa Sulston studied Fine Art at Hornsey College of Art, then taught art in London, Australia and more recently at Magdalen College School in Oxford. She moved to Cornwall in 2006 to set up her own school.
Maurice Sumray took up engraving first, and when he was 29 he won a scholarship to Goldsmith's College. He claimed that his earlier work was far better than anything he did later, perhaps because of the influence of the engraving. the British Museum purchase of two of his works encouraged him greatly and he began to exhibit internationally.
Born in London, Sumray and his wife Pat returned to her native Cornwall in the late 1960s where they lived and he worked in a flat overlooking Porthmeor Beach, St Ives. Maurice was an irascible, intriguing and unpredictable artist who worked from a studio in his own home, and took meticulous care and immense time over his paintings, always working with a small, thin brush, taking up to a year to complete any painting. Always symbolic in presentation - apples, baskets, tin and paper figures representing circus performers, flowers, birds (The Little White Dove an example) - were combined and re-combined in painting after painting. However, the meanings were to him alone, and these he never explained.
Major retrospectives of his work were mounted at the Penwith Gallery, St Ives in 1984, and at the Falmouth Art Gallery in 1997 to great acclaim. Though often dismissive of both his admirers and his critics, the latter exhibition brought him great pleasure.
In 2001, when Brittain and Cook profiled 40 of the major artists of the area, he made the following statement: 'My work is the type you either love or hate and the people who love them must see their sensuous side. Painting is a passion but for me there are other passions, one you love it, the next you hate it. I'd sooner play a game of poker.' And that he did with frequency, taking the opportunity whenever he sold a major painting, to flee to London where a not infrequent partner at poker was the Egyptian actor Omar Shariff. In London he would stay until he had lost the money he had made.
Petroushka Sura-Field was born in Chile but is now based in Penzance. She is a member of Art Space Gallery in St Ives.
Gathered together on the Fal at Lambe Creek in 1937 were Roland PENROSE, Aileen AGAR and Joseph BARD, Nusch ELUARD and Paul ELUARD (whose wife Gala became the Muse of Dali), Max ERNST and Lee MILLER, Ady FIDELIN, Man RAY, Leonora CARRINGTON and E L T MESENS.
Heather Sutcliffe was to meet her future husband, Charles H THOMPSON, when she studied at the Herkomer School. The story of their courtship and marriage is to be found in his entry in this data-base, as provided by Viv Hendra, author and gallery owner (2011).
She continued to paint throughout their marriage under the name of Heather Thompson, though nothing is known as yet about her work except that she was noted for her miniatures. She exhibited at NAG (1924).
Her sending-in address in 1903 was St Buryan, and in 1906 at Limnerslease, nr Guildford, where she managed the pottery while he acted as curator. They continued their association with Newlyn into the 1920s, when both exhibited again at NAG, having done so earlier before Charles's appointment in Surrey which kept them away for ten years. The return to West Cornwall was permanent, and they leased a home, Chyvarrian, where they remained until her death.
Sutcliffe was born in Heptonstall, nr Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire on 26 March, 1848. He was first discovered (by us) when he exhibited with the Cornish artists in the Dowdeswell show of 1890. He had been resident in Newlyn prior to that exhibition, as a letter from Forbes, describes a visit to his lodgings in Newlyn on 20 Oct 1887. He also exhibited with the Newlyn artists in the Meadow Studios, though had left Newlyn well before the advent of NAG.
Sutcliffe married the artist Elizabeth TREVOR (sister of the late Edward TREVOR) in 1891 in Wales, and the two were considered distinguished artists of their region, in which they lived and worked for the remainder of their lives. Sutcliffe died in Leeds on 17 December, 1933, age 84 (GRO).
Tony Sutcliffe moved to Carbis Bay in Cornwall in 2001. His non-figurative paintings express the 'enigmatic pagan landscape' of Penwith.
The wife of Lester SUTCLIFFE, Elizabeth was also the sister of the artist Edward TREVOR. Bednar comments: 'Although three sources state that Lester Sutcliffe was living in Newlyn in 1887, I could find no evidence of a visit to Newlyn by Elizabeth Trevor. They married in 1891, in Wales.' It is nonetheless clear that her brother Edward had been to Newlyn earlier (unless this was another artist of the same name.)
A letter written by Stanhope FORBES and postmarked 20th October 1887 noted 'We were all of us round at Sutcliffe's last night.' Also, Iris Green notes that the couple lived for a brief period after their marriage in a cottage called 'The Bridge' in the centre of Newlyn village.