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As I Was Going to St. Ives…

November 25, 2021 - February 7, 2022

25th November 2021 – 8th January 2022 in our St. Ives gallery. *EXTENDED UNTIL FEBRUARY 2022

All work is available to purchase through the gallery. Please contact us on (+44) 01736 697315 or email us at [email protected].

We are delighted to present our winter group exhibition, As I Was Going to St. Ives, which celebrates all we love about St. Ives. Following last year’s sell-out exhibition Raining Cats And Dogs and Tablelegs and Chairlegs, we’re delighted to present a new body of work which celebrates our love for our four-legged friends alongside selected pieces by iconic 20th century St. Ives artists.

Cats and dogs stalk through our fairy tales and nursery rhymes, including the famous riddle with its sacks, cats, wives and kits, which places St. Ives as a mythical destination filled with multiplying animals and strange passers-by, and the stories we tell about ourselves and the creatures we live with.

Widely collected St. Ives artist Emma Williams presents a new group of still life, seascapes and window glimpses of the harbour and beaches, with a flurry of cats contemplating the viewer. These joyful compositions include delightful refences to St Ives’ art legacy, with allusions to Bryan Pearce, Breon O’Casey, John Maltby, and Ponckle (whose work is also included in the show).

Having sold out last year, Henrietta Dubrey is back with an extraordinary and brand-new series of cat paintings and female portraits; Emily Powell gives us a glimpse into her complex fantasy world of dogs flying on windy days, expectant meerkats and cats dancing in the jungle; and we’re delighted to welcome artist Sally Muir – having loved her dog portraits for so long, we’re thrilled to exhibit these in our gallery.

Philippa Paterson joins us for her debut exhibition at Livingstone St. Ives, with a group of allegorical figurative paintings spiked with dry humour. These paintings present complex and illusive stories, just beyond the viewers’ grasp. Her work was recently selected by the Royal Academy and her painting Coffee Morning is currently displayed as part of their Summer Exhibition 2021.


 This exhibition is now closed. Please visit our current exhibitions page here to view new work from all of our gallery artists.

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