also seen as Gilchrest;

Gillchrest moved to Cornwall in 1958, and began to paint 'enchanting pictures of Cornish harbours.' [John MILLER, from Leave Tomorrow Behind].She was included in the RWA Artists of Cornwall Exhibition at Birmingham in 1972-3.

In 1979, she presented a particularly attractive painting entitled The Newlyn School Exhibition to the Permanent Collection at the Newlyn Orion Gallery (repr Hardie 1995, col pl section). Another of her works forms part of the permanent art collection of St Michael's Hospital (SMH) at Hayle. Her biography, including reproductions of an immense range of her work, was launched at the Wren Gallery in Oxfordshire by the director, Gill Mitchell, who had handled Joan's work for several years and had become a close friend. Frank Ruhrmund in his review reports that Joan had agreed to Gill's writing of the book, but not while she was alive, and also that her story should be told mainly through her pictures, with a minimum of text.

There is further information about this independent-spirited painter in a recent biography of the artist Adrian RYAN, who was Joan's partner, off and on, for some years.


Painter of naive figures in coastal landscapes, in windows overlooking harbours, and other contexts

works and access

Works incl: 'The Newlyn School Exhibition' Col pl (Hardie 1995); Harbour Mouth, Newlyn (1978) at SMH; Harbour Entrance Mousehole

Auction catalogues, current (2010): W H Lane, David Lay, Barnes Thomas





Plymouth City Art Gallery Solo 1969

University of Birmingham Artists of Cornwall Exhibition (Orion Gallery Touring) 1972

NAG: mixed shows & Art Share Educational Funding Exhibition 1988

Bodmin Fine Arts 1974-8

Wills Lane Gallery, St Ives

RWE Bristol, Artists from Cornwall 1992

Great Atlantic Arwenack St Gallery, Falmouth 2008 'the golden age of cornish art'

'Cornwall Past & Present' 2009, Wren Gallery, Burford, Oxfordshire (and book launch in 2008: A Life in Pictures)

'Different Ways of Seeing: Pearce, Gillchrest and Yates', Penlee House, Penzance 17 Sept-12 Nov




NSA 1972-3 list; 1995 list


Cornishman 9 Oct 2008 F Ruhrmund reviews: 'Biography is next best thing to owning several of her pictures'

Great Atlantic Publications & Clark Art Ltd (2008) the golden age of cornish art

Hardie (1995) 100 Years in Newlyn: Diary of a Gallery (Photo likeness, col pl of The Newlyn Exhibition)

Hoyle, H (Dec 2010 Women Artists in Cornwall 'Joan Gillchrest - 'Naive' Painter of Mousehole'

Machin, J (2009) Adrian Ryan: Rather a rum life Bristol: Sansom & Co

McLeod, Alister J (1973) Newlyn Society of Artists 1895-1973 (NAG 12 page brochure)

Mitchell, Gill (2008) Joan Gillchrest: "A Life in Pictures", with over 170 of Joan's paintings beautifully illustrated

Public Catalogue Foundation (2007) Oil Paintings in Public Ownership in Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly p81;

RWE (1992) Artists from Cornwall, Bristol

Wren Gallery, Oxfordshire (2009) Cornwall Past & Present (Featuring a Collection by Joan Gillchrest 1918-2008);