Our Bob Bourne exhibition opened this weekend with a Private View on Friday evening and a Pop-Up Restaurant on Saturday to celebrate the artist’s eightieth birthday. Both lively and successful affairs, Bourne’s painting set a suitably celebratory air to the proceedings.

All true artists are unique individuals and Bob Bourne fits into this category without doubt.

His work stands out in many ways not least through its appearance of simple forms and pure colour.

However, this apparent straightforwardness disguises a serious application of a quietly, sophisticated sensibility – the paintings evolving slowly over a period of time.

Bourne has been pursuing his ‘poetic’ vision with dedication for over 50 years, most of it spent in West Cornwall.

Although representational, these pictures are an orchestration of colour and shape that work equally well as abstract paintings, capable of triggering a deeper emotional response.

Although Bob Bourne is relatively undiscovered at eighty, he has had numerous exhibitions previously, not least in prestigious London galleries in the 70s and 80s, this is the first comprehensive show for a number of years.

We believe his work deserves to be seen by a wider audience, and hopefully this exhibition will help to broaden the appreciation and enjoyment of Bob Bourne’s paintings.


Tom Cross – Fifty Years’ Work: Part of the Show and Private View

The back of Gallery 1, with the painting 'Calamansac Wood', 1995, in the centre.
Tom Cross exhibition
Back left of the Gallery with some of Tom's prints and books on display.

Tom Cross exhibition, Belgrave St Ives

Towards the inner wall of Gallery 1, with the gouache ‘Llettycymro 2 study’ in the forefront.
Tom Cross exhibition, Belgrave St Ives
In the foreground, the polyptych oil 'Quarters', c 1978.
Tom Cross Private View, Belgrave St Ives 2010
Pat Cross taking on the show. A great private view.
Tom Cross Private View, Belgrave St Ives 2010
From the beginning the private view was very busy.
Tom Cross Private View, Belgrave St Ives 2010
Tom's books were out on display for people to study.
Tom Cross private view 2010
Tom's well known book 'Painting the Warmth of the Sun' was on sale. Lots of people were talking about his books and art.

The Tom Cross show opened with great enthusiasm. Ten minutes into the private view and the show was very busy with fantastic feedback and a great atmosphere.

The paintings in the show are arranged chronologically and so provide and insight into the artist’s work. Many visitors have seen the work because the exhibition has been part of the St. Ives September Festival. Also many people have arrived who knew Tom or have wanted to know more about his work.

Roll up for Bob!

Bob Crossley 'Atlantic' 1959
Bob Crossley 'Atlantic' 1959

If you have the chance, please do come along to our launch for Bob Crossley’s autobiographical account of his early years in Lancashire. Bob – now in his 98th year – has not been too well of late, but is hopeful of being in the gallery for the early part of the evening. Bob has signed a box of books for us, and you’ll find them available tonight. Gallery open from 6 – 8pm.