Our design pieces are complemented by our collection of predominantly British 20th century art with a focus on the post war years from 1940s to 1970s. Of particular interest are artists who during those years were working in St.Ives, Cornwall – a seaside town historically favored by artists due to its rich colours, clear seas and special quality of light. During the 1940s many artists moved to St.Ives to escape the effects of the War in London and subsequently an important modernist art scene developed there. Now mostly known for the abstractionist works inspired by the local landscapes with many individual approaches developed by artists who settled there.
In our broad collection are pieces by artists who worked in St.Ives during the post-war years such as Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, John Piper, Michael Canney and Peter Lanyon as well as later works by those with connections to St.Ives. Alongside are pieces by distinguished artists working around the country during those years such as Henry Moore, Lynn Chadwick, Alan Davie and Geoffrey Clarke and the constructionists including Victor Pasmore, Adrian Heath and Anthony Hill, among others.