Christine Spencer-Green was born in Vienna. She moved to the UK in 1981 and settled in Cornwall in 1992, founding the Treruffe Art Studios in Redruth. She studied at Falmouth College of Art and has exhibited widely throughout Cornwall, York and Bristol. Christine's art is influenced by the quality of light and space unique to Cornwall. Her paintings evolve, dreamlike, changing mysteriously and almost finding their own way through reveries of visual moments in her studio.
Selected for the Open Art Exhibition (2010) held at NAG to launch the fourth annual Newlyn Arts Festival.
Born Nancy SHARP in Truro, she attended the Slade School of Art, where she met her first husband, William Coldstream, with whom she had two daughters. In the late 1930s she had an affair with Louis MacNeice, illustrating two of his books and partially inspiring Autumn Journal.
During the Second World War she worked as an ambulance driver, and married Michael Spender, brother of the poet Stephen Spender. Their son Philip was born in 1943. Michael was killed during the last week of the war, and Nancy never remarried. She worked as an art teacher after the war.
The son of John Francis SPENLOVE-SPENLOVE (Frank), he was identified in his father's biography as 'John' Francis, and listed as a member of STISA. His wife, Billie, was also his model. The Francis Raymond Spenlove who was a member of STISA (1927-28) and exhibited a series of drawings of Old St Ives in 1922, also exhibited at the 1924 Show Day, and was a founder member of STISA (1927-8). He served on the STISA Committee in St Ives.
In a 1924 Show Day news item the reviewer comments that Mr Francis Spenlove was not showing as he had already sent his pictures to London: "He has made rapid strides during the past year." F R Spenlove is also listed as exhibiting at NAG in December of 1925 and July 1926. Whybrow comments that he signed some of his work in the name of Francis Raymond, and Tovey explains that up until 1923 this signature was to distinguish himself from his father in terms of exhibiting. He and his wife, Billie, used the FR signature for these purposes, and then progressed this to Francis Raymond Spenlove.
He stopped painting altogether in the early 1930s to create a horticultural centre at nearby Madron, where he employed Conscientious Objectors as assistants.
Born in Bridge of Allan, nr Stirling, Scotland on 24 February, 1864 (GRO), he studied in London, Paris and Antwerp, and his landscapes were often of subjects painted in Suffolk, Holland, or in Kent where he established the Spenlove School of Modern Landscape Art in 1896 (known as the Yellow Door School, Beckenham), where he offered both private tuition in the studio, or by correspondence.
Later the School moved to Victoria Street, London (c1919). From 1885-93, his sending-in address was Shortlands (Kent), his subject 'figures', and he had exhibited 57 works in that period. (Graves). Before his School opened, he must have spent some time in West Cornwall, as Bednar finds a painting with a Newlyn title in 1894. The artist married Clara Florence King, and had three children, Adelaide, Theodora and Algernon Francis Raymond SPENLOVE-SPENLOVE, the latter becoming an artist called Frank SPENLOVE as well. There is an article about the much better known Frank Spenlove, Senior, in The Artist (1932), a few months before his death; by this time, his son had quit painting. Frank died on 30 April, 1933, age 67 (GRO) in London.
Diane Spiers is a visual artist and member of Lands End School of Art, with an extensive background in Community Arts, Health, Education and Heritage Interpretation. She is a trained teacher, therapist and facilitator with experience of working with a broad range of ages and abilities, and has specialist skills in working with mental health, disability and inclusion. Diane offers courses ini printmaking, drawing, painting and heritage linked arts and crafts.
Spittle came from Birmingham to Cornwall in 1913. Working previously as a figure painter, when he moved to Carbis Bay near St Ives, he turned his hand to marine painting. His working studio was 6, Piazza in St Ives, and he engaged in community art activities (see Tovey).
At Show Day March 1914 the St Ives Times reported that the artist had engaged in figure work before coming to the town. He exhibited at the 1916 Show Day as well.
His early death at the age of 59 came suddenly and unexpectedly, and the artist is buried at St Uny churchyard, Lelant.