The artist was born into the fishing community and brought up in Mousehole, near Penzance. He began painting in 1936, attending the Penzance Art School for some years before WWII. Later he went on to study in Athens, Exeter and Bristol and did not return to Mousehole until 1956.

Most of his active artistic career took place after WWII, and Pender participated in many group and solo shows locally. In 2008 Penlee House Gallery and Museum mounted a major retrospective of his work, and their website provides ample information about the artist. Two of his paintings are in the permanent collection at the RCM.

He was married to Madeleine, who survives him and who is an active supporter of the Friends of the Penzance Art School and the Friends of Penlee House.


Painter, mixed media

works and access

Works include: Penzance Fishing Boat Beached before CottagesPaul church and Village; Casting Nets (c1950); Boats in the Gap (1961) at CC

Access: Penlee House; Cornwall Council (CC); RCM, Truro:  Boats at Newlyn Harbour (c1956); Porthleven (c1956)


NAG Painters 1960, Celtic Vision 1987, Art Share 1988, A Century of Art in Cornwall 1889-1989; University of Birmingham (Orion Gallery Touring) Artists of Cornwall Exhibition 1972; County Art Gallery and Museum, Truro Three Spires Festival Exhibition 1987; Rainyday Gallery, Penzance 1997; Sail Loft Gallery Bob's Benefit; Fore Street Gallery, St Ives; Penlee House, Penzance 2008


Penwith Society of Arts in Cornwall

NSA (resigned)

misc further info



Cornishman 27 Mar 1997 (WCAA Exhibition file)

Hardie (1995) 100 Years/ Diary (p136); (2009) Artists in Newlyn & West Cornwall;

Johns, Sylvia Pender (2007) Jack Pender and his grandfather William J. George illustrated in colour and B&W

Public Catalogue Foundation (2007) Cornwall & IOS, Oil Paintings in Public Ownership;

Tate (1985) St Ives 1939-64: 25 Years of Painting, Sculpture & Pottery (biog notes p139 with photo c1959)