Sarah Vivian Joins The Alverton Gallery

We are delighted to announce that St Just artist Sarah Vivian has joined the Alverton Gallery’s growing list of talented artists. Sarah needs no introduction to anyone familiar with the West Penwith art scene. We have two of Sarah’s originals on display together with a selection of over thirty of her fine quality mounted prints. Sarah writes:

“My painting is an expression of my love of the land here in West Penwith, my connection with the beauty and power of the landscape. Building up layers of paint is like feeling for the substance of visual reality, layer upon layer of depth from solid shadow through to refracted light and surface shine. Beyond that, I also try to express the magic or earth energy, the essence, or resonance of a place, a stone, a tree. I look for the symmetries and similarities of patterns, the inherent fractals of growth and movement, and emphasise these. For the painting to have a strong visual, emotional and spiritual impact I paint with meticulous detail and in a heightened and intensified manner. I love the qualities of oil paint, which enable me to build up complex layers of colour and texture, combining classic technical methods of “thin to fat and dark to light” with Pre-Raphaelite painting techniques of layers of thin translucent glazes on a brilliant white background. My studio is perfect, as it is light and bright, with a view directly over the sea; on a clear day I can see the Isles of Scilly, and I have a ringside view of all our wonderful sunsets. My garden is also perfect; a quiet little sanctuary with goldfish and a waterfall.”

40.-Cobweb-gate     18.-Men-an-tol   9.-Grand-Marriage


Welcome to Ali Cockrean

We are pleased to welcome Whitecross artist Ali Cockrean to the Alverton Gallery.

Ali studied at the Central St Martins College of Art and Design and Slade School of Fine Art, but considers her skills to have been largely self-taught. She is an expressionist landscape painter with paintings in collections across the world including Europe, Hong Kong, the USA and Canada. Her career has been boosted by significant private commissions and a growing profile following the success of shows in London (Cork Street, The Mall Galleries, Mayfair, The Strand and Notting Hill) and regional galleries (Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Staffordshire, West Midlands, Bristol, Cornwall and Wales.) She has also featured on BBC TV and radio, her most notable appearance being in 2012 after she was commissioned by BBC1 to paint the Queen’s Jubilee River Pageant live from the Millennium Bridge.

Ali works exclusively in acrylics which best suits her style of painting. She is a member of the National Acrylic Painters’ Association (NAPA) and Buckinghamshire Art Society and is a full-time professional artist working from her studio in Buckinghamshire until her recent move to Cornwall in 2015. Besides devoting time to her own painting, Ali is also passionate about working with aspiring artists; giving talks, demonstrating technique, tutoring adults and children as well as writing articles for national art publications including Artist and Illustrator and Paint, the Society for All Artists Magazine.