Conn moved to St Ives in 1958 from London where he was born, and joined the Penwith Society of Artists.  Largely self-taught as an artist, his occupation of structural engineering was an indirect route for moving into art.  Five years after his arrival, he moved into the studio in St Ives that he occupied for well over thirty years. His solo shows were in the 1960s outside of Cornwall, but he has shown regularly with the Penwith Society in mixed shows and in local galleries.


Abstract painter

works and access

Access to work: V&A, London; Contemporary Art Society; Arts Council of Northern Ireland

In Cornwall: Curved Red and Violet 1962 (oil on board), Cornwall Council collection.


Fore Street Gallery, St Ives


Penwith Society of Arts in Cornwall

misc further info



Buckman (2006) Dictionary of Artists in Britain since 1945

Public Catalogue Foundation (PCF) Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly: Oil Paintings in Public Ownership

Tate (1985) St Ives 1939-64, Twenty Five Years of Painting, Sculpture and Pottery;

WCAA file

Whybrow (1994) Studio Artists in their Workplace, St Ives (personal statement & photo in studio)

Whybrow (1994) St Ives 1883-1993:

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