Explore original St Ives School paintings for sale from the St Ives School of Abstract and Modern artists. The seeds of St Ives position as Britain's centre of modern art were sown by Ben Nicholson and his wife Barbara Hepworth when they settled there in 1939. An earlier visit to St Ives by Nicholson and Christopher Wood and an encounter with the naive artist and fisherman Alfred Wallis, had a profound impact and influenced Nicholson's later move.  In the late 1940s and early 1950s a group of younger artists gathered around Hepworth and Nicholson and the St Ives School gained critical mass becoming the centre of abstract art in the country. The principal figures of the St Ives School included Peter Lanyon, who was brought up in St Ives, Patrick Heron, Paul Feiler, John Wells, Terry Frost, Roger Hilton, Bryan Wynter and Wilhelmina Barns-Graham. A major redevelopment of the Tate St Ives in 2017 afforded a permanent, dedicated display of the work of this remarkable collective of artists.