Artist and author Robert Jones was born in Cornwall; the beaches and cliffs of Newquay were his childhood playground. His seascapes and marine subjects are particularly well known.
He studied painting with Francis Hewlett and Robert Organ at Falmouth College of Art and continued to paint whilst teaching in various schools including three-years at A.S. Neill’s Summerhill School. On returning to Cornwall, he continued to draw and paint throughout a spell as skipper of fishing boats, working around the Cornish coast before becoming a part-time tutor at Penzance Art School and Falmouth College of Art.
He spent seven years fishing around the coast of west Cornwall, which gave him an intimate knowledge of the sea. His paintings are concerned with atmosphere, changing weather and light conditions on land and at sea.
Robert spent a number of years teaching in schools, but a successful exhibition at Newlyn Orion Art Gallery encouraged him to concentrate on his painting and reduce his teaching commitments.
His paintings have been widely exhibited throughout the UK and abroad.
A series of his sea paintings was included in the second exhibition at Tate St. Ives. He is represented in a small number of galleries in Cornwall but has recently acquired a small gallery space/showroom in Hayle; Carnsew Studio.
In 1995 he began researching the life and work of the artist Alfred Wallis, and in 2000 his book, ‘Alfred Wallis Artist and Mariner’ was published to critical acclaim. The fourth enlarged and expanded edition was published in 2021.
Falmouth College of Art, Penzance Art School, Mullion School. Summerhill School.
Alfred Wallis Artist and Mariner
Reuben Chappell Pierhead Painter
Alfred Wallis: Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum.
Surrey University: annual Art Lecture/Exhibition of Paintings
September Festival, St Ives Arts Club, Westcott’s Quay.
Has exhibited widely throughout Cornwall and the UK.
Currently at Carnsew Studio, Hayle
Selected Major Exhibitions
Penwith Gallery, St Ives.
Royal Cornwall Museum, Retrospective ‘From Dark to Light.’
John Davies Gallery, Stow on the Wold
Penwith Gallery, St Ives
Gallery 27, Cork St., London.
Chelsea Art Fair, London.
Penwith Gallery, “One Hundred Paintings.” St Ives. Gallery 27, Cork St., London “The Sea.”
Thomas Henry Fine Art, Dorchester.
Tate Gallery, St Ives (Porthmeor Beach, a Century of Images.) 1994/5
Beaux Arts, Bath. Touring Exhibition Penwith Gallery, St Ives
Oxford Gallery, Oxford.
Falmouth Art Gallery.
A Century of Art in Cornwall, Truro.
We’ve lived in Hayle for forty years. Two months or so ago I had the opportunity of hiring a gallery space here. It’s not a large space but we can display over forty paintings on the wall. It’s only manned occasionally but as we are only a few minutes away,
Alfred Wallis Book
Expanded fourth edition by artist and author Robert Jones.Original insights into the sources of Wallis’s imagery.