Joy Wolfenden Brown was born in Lincolnshire and studied Fine Art at the University of Leeds. After taking a postgraduate diploma in art therapy she spent ten years working in the field of mental health. She moved to Cornwall in 1998, settling in Bude, where she resumed painting. The subjects of her paintings, usually solitary female figures, are not drawn from life, yet they possess a vulnerability and fragility which is instantly recognisable.

Wolfenden Brown has had a number of sell-out solo exhibitions in Cornwall and beyond. Her work was acquired for the Anthony Petullo Outsider and Self-Taught Art Collection in Milwaukee, USA.

She was the 2007 winner of the Sherborne Open Prize. In October 2012 she was awarded first prize in the 16th annual National Open Art Competition with 'The Lacemaker'. In 2019 she won the Evolver Prize at the Royal West of England Academy.


Painter in oils



2004: Goldfish Contemporary Fine Art, Penzance Inside Out;

2005: Goldfish Contemporary Fine Art, Penzance Letting Go;

2006: Goldfish Contemporary Fine Art, Penzance Still Waters:

2007: Goldfish Contemporary Fine Art, Penzance Brief Visitor;

2007: Beaux Arts, Bath Time;

2008: Goldfish Contemporary Fine Art, Penzance Simple Truths;

2009: Beaux Arts, Bath Sparrow

2010: Millennium Gallery, St Ives The Meeting Place

2011: Beaux Arts, Bath Treasure;

2012: Millennium Gallery, St Ives The Still Point

2013: Beaux Arts, Bath The Humming

2014: Millennium Gallery, St Ives Song from the Garden

2015: Beaux Arts, Bath Home (16 Nov-23 Dec)

2016: Anima Mundi, St Ives: Woman (18 Aug-14 Sept)

2018: Anima Mundi, St Ives: Pneuma (28 July-1 Sept)

2020: Anima Mundi, St Ives: Poem (3 Oct-14 Nov)

2022: Anima Mundi, St Ives: Sanctum (2 Sept-17 Oct)



2003: Somerville Gallery, Plymouth

2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010: London Art Fair

2007: Art Now Cornwall?, Goldfish

2007: Sherborne Open (winner of first prize)

2007, 2008, 2009: Art London, Royal Hospital, Chelsea

2007: Move, Goldfish at Vyner Street, Lime Wharf, London

2008, 2009: The Figure Show, Jill George Gallery, London

2008, 2010: Mixed Winter Exhibition, Millennium, St Ives

2010: The House of Fairy Tales, Millennium, St Ives

2013: Millennium Gallery, St Ives: Mixed Winter Exhibition

2017: London Art Fair (18-22 Jan)

2019: New Life, The Plough Art Centre, Great Torrington, Devon (Feb)

2020: Loss, Anima Mundi, St Ives (April - online)





Cornishman Sept. 2004, Sept. 2008

Cornwall Today

Devon Today

Hoyle, H (Oct. 2012 Women Artists in Cornwall 'Joy Wolfenden Brown - Small Epiphanies'

Inside Cornwall Oct. 2004, Sept. 2006

The Observer 26 Nov. 2006

Western Morning News 12 Aug. 2005, 16 Nov. 2007, 12 Sept. 2008