Cornwall

Harry made his way to St. Ives in Cornwall on the lst January 1950 where a vibrant artist’s colony was blossoming alongside the local fishing community.  After the traumatic war years, like other artists he yearned for a new beginning. The brilliant light and ever changing sea colour had been a magnet for artists for well over a century, and several Harry had seen in London in the past were settling there. Ben Nicolson and Barbara Hepworth lived in Carbis Bay, and the constructivist artist Naun Gabo was to join them.

Harry and Susie lived Perranuthnoe and Breage, near Helston, he was working at a plant nursery and painting every spare moment. He was determined if he was to make a name for himself as an artist, he wanted do so on his own merits and not join a Society or a group.

Harry absorbed the special atmosphere, walking and sketching along the cliffs of Mounts Bay, collecting driftwood and interesting pebbles to give him inspiration. During this time he began to explore an idea called Edge Movement. He was obsessed with the horizon and what was beyond and was painting and experimenting in all kinds of media.

“The changing horizon, the timelessness of much in the landscape, the texture of stone, the pattern of the fields divided by walls, the enormity of mountains – one never reaches a horizon, but the thrill of this can be painted. There are many horizons, some begin as the paint reaches a surface and a form grows; extend the idea and a painting continues to relate to be in harmony with the new event just begun.”

They lived in Cornwall, moved away to other areas of Britain but always came back to their beloved Cornwall.

“When one has looked and seen land, sea, sky, one will have realised there is so much more than just a view. These paintings are concerned with the whole, the intensity, constant visual change and enormity of landscape. They are not just objective or topographical records of places, far beyond such there is life and character; we are dealing with the senses and all the parts which are meaningful about landscape and the understanding of it.”
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