The Innocent Eye

Falmouth was important to the modernist movement in the 20th century. Ben Nicholson (1894-1982) and Christopher Wood (1901-1930) stayed with friends at Feock on the Fal estuary in 1928. From here they had a day visit to St Ives where they discovered the artist Alfred Wallis (1855-1942), a moment that changed the course of British art. Nicholson also encouraged the ‘childlike vision’ of his friend and neighbour in Carbis Bay, Tom Early (1914-1967). With this encouragement Tom became a professional artist producing a distinguished body of work. Tom’s widow, Mrs Eunice Campbell, has donated to the gallery a number of significant works by her husband. The gallery also has works by the celebrated artists Julian Dyson (1936-2003), who lived at St Mawes, and John Dyer who lives in Falmouth.