Freeman was born in London and studied at St Martins & Harrow School of Art. He has also worked as a jazz pianist and composer, as well as a designer in London and abroad.

Freeman came to St Ives in 1989 and has been a member of both the Newlyn and Penwith societies of artists, exhibiting in many mixed and solo shows.

Ralph Freeman works from the Porthmeor Studios, St Ives (2013).


Painter, collagist

works and access

Works include: series 'Foundations and Fragments'

Blue Six (1999) Exh Cat, Falmouth 2000; The Letter (2000) (illus in Brittain & Cook)


Tate St Ives 1997-1998, & touring, Foundations & Fragments, collages relating to family & its history

Gardner Arts Centre, Sussex University

New Millennium Gallery, St Ives

Freud Museum, London

Falmouth Art Gallery 2000

2017: Bloodlines - Ralph & Alice Freeman, New Craftsman Gallery, St Ives (21 Oct-8 Nov)


NSA 1995 list; 2011 list



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

Buckman (2006) Dictionary of Artists in Britain since 1945

Hardie (1995) 100 Years in Newlyn/Diary p197

Hoyle, H (Feb 2012 Women Artists in Cornwall www.cornishmuse.blogspot.com) 'Grace Gardner - a life in abstraction'

Exh Cat: 20 Years of Contemporary Art at Falmouth Art Gallery 1980-2000

Open Studios Cornwall (2011)

Whybrow (1994) Studio St Ives: Artists in their Workplace (artist's statement & photo)

Whybrow (2013) St Ives: The Story of Porthmeor Studios;