On show at New Craftsman Gallery throughout April, this new collection of paintings by St Ives artist Emma Jeffryes combines key influences from the last few years of her career into one comprehensive and definitive collection for 2024.
As always, St. Ives and the surrounding ocean figure strongly in this exhibition, beginning with Emma’s first artwork of this year, titled January Sea, painted en plein air on Porthmeor Beach on a bitter January day, as well as Tea, Tate, Town, inspired by the view from the Tate St Ives café. Emma’s ongoing studies of the South West Coast Path, which she has been walking in sections and painting over the past few years, also form part of this collection, taking in Hawkes Point and other spectacular views of the Cornish coast.
In August Emma spent a week in residence in a waterside apartment in Falmouth in order to paint the 2023 Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta. Sadly, this world famous event was cancelled at the last minute due to the arrival of Storm Betty, and so the works Emma made there, from a little terrace just above the sea, depict the lives of Falmouth’s sea-going folk, from swimmers and paddle boarders, to fishing boats, sailing yachts and huge military ships, along with Tall Ships anchored patiently in the harbour during unusually stormy conditions. All these works continue Emma’s lifelong study of our powerful connection with the sea, and how this in turn has affected the nature of Cornwall’s coastline.
Finally, the exhibition includes a series of Emma’s delightful still life works, from vases of flowers to paintings of everyday objects around her studio, which demonstrate her talent for bright complimentary colour, lively compositions and expressive mark making.
New Craftsman Gallery, 24 Fore St, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1HE