1.1 Three oil paintings by the post-impressionist painter Martina Thomas
(1924-1995) have been donated by her husband Eric James Mellon NDD Hon
Fellow CPA. They are ‘Cape Cornwall’, ‘Marigolds at Mousehole’ and ‘Parrots
at Birdworld’. Martina Thomas studied at St Martin’s School of Art, was
elected a member of the Islington Art Circle and exhibited at the Royal
Academy. She regularly visited Cornwall to paint. Two oil paintings have also
been gifted to Penlee House Museum & Art Gallery who are planning a major
exhibition of her work in the near future.
1.2 The distinguished abstract artist Grace Gardner has generously donated
an important collection to the gallery featuring work by Chris Insoll, Terry
Whybrow, Michael Praed, Margery Glaser, Colin Orchard, Ralph Freeman,
Helen Langdon and Joanna Shannon as well as key pieces by herself. These
have now been published in a catalogue The Grace Gardner Gift, which is
volume 4 in a series featuring Falmouth Town Council’s permanent collection.
She has also extremely generously contributed towards the catalogue costs.
1.3 Miss Daphne Jameson daughter of the Falmouth artist Frank Jameson
(1899-1968) has presented an early self portrait in oils and a still life exhibited
at the Royal Institute of OiI Painters in 1961.
1.4 Claire Fuller has kindly presented two illustrations she made for the
Samantha Seagull visits Falmouth Art Gallery activity story book.
1.5 The gallery has now collected from Derbyshire twenty-three of the finest
works by Harry Ousey (1915-1985) that have been donated to the collection
by the artist’s niece, Mrs Susan Astles, following the gift of Edge Movement,
which has been much admired in The River exhibition. Ousey was influenced
by the Surrealists exhibition of 1936, and his collages were admired by
E.L.T.Mesens, who was one of the Surrealists who came to stay at Lambe
Creek in 1937. In 1950 Ousey moved to Cornwall, joining the colony of artists