St Ives; with its dramatic surrounding coastline, its unique light (a product of the clear west facing waters and golden sand of its beaches), and its fishing community, has attracted artists for centuries. As early as May 1889 the Daily Telegraph suggested that Louis Grier and Julius Olsson were building up what one day might be recognised as the St Ives School of Painting and a year later the St Ives Arts Club was formed. In 1895, six years after the Telegraph’s prescient article, Olsson and Grier started to take on students, soon afterwards forming the Cornish School of Landscape, Figure and Sea Painting in St Ives. Grier was later replaced by Algernon Talmage but Olsson remained its driving force. Pupils included John Anthony Park, Mary McCrossan, Richard Hayley Lever and Robert Borlase Smart. Around this new generation of artists the original St Ives school, a contemporary of the Newlyn school, formed and flourished. The two colonies of artists maintained a healthy competitiveness, including an annual cricket match that alternated between the Penwith towns. Today St Ives artists such as Olsson and JA Park are acknowledged as leading British Impressionists. 

  • St. Ives Fisherman by John Anthony Park
    John Anthony Park
    St Ives Fisherman, 1929
    Oil on canvas
    44.5 cm x 34.5 cm
  • Morning Light by John Anthony Park
    John Anthony Park
    Morning Light
    Oil on panel
    35.6 cm x 40.6 cm
  • Red Sails by John Anthony Park
    John Anthony Park
    Red Sails
    Oil on canvas
    30.5 cm x 40.6 cm
  • Where the Trout Rise by John Anthony Park
    John Anthony Park
    Where the Trout Rise, 1941
    Oil on canvas
    63.5 x 76.2 cm (25 x 30 ins)
    Framed: 81.5 x 94 cm (32 1/8 x 37 ins)
  • River Landscape on Exmoor by John Anthony Park
    John Anthony Park
    River Landscape on Exmoor, 1940
    Oil on canvas
    63.5 x 76.2 cm (25 x 30 ins)
    Framed: 81.5 x 94 cm (32 1/8 x 37 ins)
  • Stormy Evening on the Cornish Coast 1912, by Julius Olsson
    Julius Olsson
    Stormy Evening on the Cornish Coast, 1912
    Oil on canvas
    139 cm x 182 cm
  • Moonlit Sky by Julius Olsson
    Julius Olsson
    Moonlit Sky
    Oil on canvas
    60.9 cm x 76.2 cm