About the Artist
Ben Nicholson was a major figure in Modernism. He was born in Denham, the son of talented artists Sir William Nicholson and Mabel Pryde. He was friends with Roland Penrose, both artists having a love of Cornwall. Nicholson stayed at Pill Creek on the River Fal with Christopher Wood in 1928. It was from here that they travelled on a day trip to St Ives and discovered the painter Alfred Wallis, who was a key influence on their work and through them on modern British art. From 1939 to 1958 he lived in St Ives with Barbara Hepworth and their status in British art attracted other artists to the area.