Gill Watkiss (born 1938)
“Friends at Luxulian, Cornwall”
Oil painting on canvas. Signed.
Also signed, titled & dated 1990 on the reverse of the artist’s frame
Prov: The Artist’s studio
10” x 12” (254mm x 305mm)
Gill Watkiss was born in 1938 and attended South-West Essex School of Art. She then moved to Cornwall in 1959 living and working in and near Penzance. One of the first recognitions of her work was winning the national competition The Small Picture Lives Again in 1972. Watkiss is noted for her pictures of the Cornish people and their lives in the often wind-blown coastal countryside. She showed widely in Britain in solo and group exhibitions including Plymouth, Bristol, Taunton, Stroud and in Cornwall at the Wills Lane, New Craftsman and Mid-Cornwall Galleries, N.E.C. Birmingham, Chelsea Contemporary Art Fair, Cambridge Contemporary Art Fair, Art World Gallery in House Artist, City Museum Machynlleth, Wales, Coach-House Gallery, Guernsey in 1987 and New Grafton Gallery 1992. In 1990-1 she had a retrospective of 20 years work at Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance which toured. The Great Map Works Gallery, St Just-in-Penwith held an exhibition in 2002 to launch Watkiss’s book “Gill Watkiss Paintings 1974-2002”. Her work is held by the East and West Ridings of Yorkshire Education Committees, Leicestershire Education Committee and Birmingham University and Vassar College, of New York, holds several examples.