Art and the Sea: Charles Napier Hemy RA
Thursday 26 January, 7.30 p.m, at The Poly, Falmouth. Book here.
Alison Bevan, Director of Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance, will give a talk about the work of Charles Napier Hemy RA, RWS (1841–1917) in the context of the Newlyn School painters.
Settling himself in Falmouth and using a converted fishing boat as a floating studio, Hemy became acclaimed as the most accomplished marine painter of his generation. From his childhood he developed a life-long passion for sailing and his work demonstrates his intimate knowledge of the sea’s myriad shapes and hues. His friend, fellow artist Sir Frank Brangwyn, wrote ‘His knowledge of the sea was superb. As a draughtsman of wave forms he stands alone.’
Margaret Powell, the artist’s granddaughter, is the author of our book Master of the Sea: Charles Napier Hemy RA, RWS. With an introduction by Brian Stewart, former Director of Falmouth Art Gallery, it uses Hemy’s notebooks to tell the colourful story of his life.