Bob Bourne was born in Exmouth, Devon and was evacuated as a child during the war years to Bermuda. His schooling was undertaken back in England at Brighton. Bob had a variety of working environments in West Cornwall and elsewhere, including a spell in Perth, Australia.

Primarily a self-taught painter, Cross considered Bourne's paintings in his chapter on 'realism, imagination and fantasy' artists, the combination of qualities and styles that Bob employed in his vivid and intense pieces.

A major solo show was held at Belgrave St Ives in 2011 to celebrate Bob Bourne's 80th birthday: 'Bourne at Eighty'.


Bob Bourne died in Helston in July 2021.


Painter in oils

works and access

Works incl: Cornish Hillside 1964 (illus PCF); London Interior 1966 (illus PCF);Green Crucifiction 1971 (illus in Cross, p168); Autumn Landscape 1986 (illus Cross, p169); Cornish Hillside 1964 (illus PCF)

Access: Cornwall County Council Collection; NAG Permanent Col (Penlee)


Tooth's Gallery, London, solo 1973

NAG Newlyn in Pont Aven 1977

Kalman Galleries, London from 1983; 

Looking West 1987

A Century of Art in Cornwall 1889-1989, Truro

Private Views 1992

RWE Artists from Cornwall, Bristol (selected) 1992

Cornish Drawings, NAG, Nov, 1993 (exhibition card in file)

2011: Bourne at Eighty, Belgrave St Ives

2017: Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens Gallery (Aug)

2021: Bob Bourne - A Celebration, Belgrave Gallery, St Ives (15 Oct-8 Nov)


NSA 1995 list; resigned.


Brittain, Sarah and Cook, Simon (2001) Behind the Canvas, 40 Artists working in West Cornwall;

Buckman (2006) Dictionary of Artists in Britain since 1945

Cross (2002) Catching the Wave pp167-9 photo likeness & illus

Hardie (1995) 100 Years in Newlyn: Diary of a Gallery;

Public Catalogue Foundation (2007) Oil Paintings in Public Ownership, Cornwall & Isles of Scilly

RWE (1992) Artists from Cornwall, Bristol