Sarah Vivian Exhibition – “Landscape – In Detail”

Sarah Vivian Artist Cornwall

Penwith landscape artist Sarah Vivian is a woman with an impressive artistic heritage including her great grandfather, Thomas Comley Vivian, a well known portrait painter whose clients included the Prince Regent.  Her great grandmother, Elizabeth Farquhar, also exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1867 and 1914.  “It was extremely rare for a woman to have a professional artistic career at that time, but as a child she had the advantage of access to the studio of her uncle, George Cruickshank, who illustrated for Charles Dickens,” explains Sarah.  “I still use my great grandmother’s mahl stick, a time tested tool for steadying the hand of artists during precision painting techniques, to create my own miniatures on a large scale.”

Coming from a long line of professional artists stretching back over three generations, Sarah carries on a family passion for all things miniature.  “It would appear my preoccupation with meticulous detail is a genetic inheritance!” she jokes. Using her dazzling palette of oil colours, Sarah’s method of painting also harks back to an earlier time.  To create strong visual and emotional impact, she paints with great detail and in a heightened and intensified manner, building up complex layers of colour and texture, combining classic technical methods of “thin to fat and dark to light” with Pre-Raphaelite painting techniques layering thin translucent glazes on a brilliant white background.

“I’m delighted to be exhibiting the work of such a prominent local artist,” says Roger Driscoll,  Director of the Alverton Gallery in Penzance.  “Sarah truly captures the spiritual nature of West Cornwall so effortlessly.  Her attention to intricate detail and colour creates unique paintings with a magical, hyper-real quality.”

Sarah Vivian Artist Cornwall

Sarah Vivian Artist Cornwall – Forthcoming Exhibition at the Alverton Gallery, Penzance 14 September to 29 October 2016.


“White Boat Reflections” – Michael Praed

Michael Praed Cornish Artist

We are pleased to report that this beautiful painting by Michael Praed Cornish Artist entitled “White Boat Reflections” has now been sold as an early Christmas gift. Nothing like planning ahead!

Michael was born in Cornwall and studied at both the Penzance and Falmouth Schools of Art. His paintings of boats, fishing ports and the coast of Cornwall are strong in both line and colour, having developed a personal style that can be readily recognised as his work.

His first solo show at NAG was in 1981, and his paintings have been part of many mixed shows both with NSA and at the Penwith Gallery, both of which artists’ societies he has been a member. From 1978-80 he was Chairman of the NSA.

Michael Praed Cornish Artist

Michael Praed Cornish Artist “White Boat Reflections”, Oil on board, available at The Alverton Gallery, Penzance