A selling exhibition of original signed work by pioneering 20th century St Ives and British artists has opened at the Porthminster Gallery.

Porthminster Modern Art hanging
White Relief by Ben Nicholson hung by White Round Sculpture by Mitch Pilkington at Collect: Modern Art, at Porthminster Gallery

The exhibition, which runs until 4th November, includes pieces by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Sandra Blow, Barbara Hepworth, Patrick Heron, and David Hockney.

The show presents rare buying opportunities to new and seasoned collectors alike to acquire scarce museum-quality works. It also provides an accessible overview of British Modernist practice for visitors.

The younger generation, particularly, may not be familiar with the often radical and groundbreaking art, philosophies, and practise of this post-war period in British art, with its Modernist crucible in St Ives.

“The gallery has long enjoyed a reputation for its unique and creative approach to curating handsome shows of British contemporary artists’ works and their practise, complemented with accompanying works by key 20th century St Ives and British names,” said curator and gallery director, David Durham.

“This reputation has been further strengthened with the global boost in growth of the Modern British art market, since the 2020 lockdown. But as former educators, we still remain passionately committed to bringing public awareness to this increasingly overlooked and neglected art movement, and its pioneering practitioners, especially to a younger audience.”

Henry Moore Six Reclining Figures
Six Reclining Figures, by Henry Moore

There are works by:

  • Wilhelmina Barnes-Graham
  • Peter Blake
  • Sandra Blow
  • Patrick Caulfield
  • Lynn Chadwick
  • Michael Cockrill
  • Terry Frost
  • Barbara Hepworth
  • Patrick Heron
  • David Hockney
  • Bryan Ingham
  • Albert Irvin
  • Henry Moore
  • Margaret Lovell
  • Ben Nicholson
  • Victor Passmore
  • Bryan Pearce
  • Tommy Rowe
  • William Scott
  • Joe Tilson

The 85 works on show have been curated with accompanying complementary sculptural ceramics, sculptures, paintings, and prints by selected leading British artists. They include Mitch Pilkington, Anne Barrell, Trevor Price, Peter Hayes, and Michael Thacker.

Collect: Modern Art runs at Porthminster Gallery, 22 Fore Street, St Ives TR26 1HE until 4th November. For more information, call 01736 795888 or visit porthminstergallery.co.uk/

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