Alfred Wallis

Cornish Primitive Painter

Edwin Mullins

Edwin Mullins

Distributed for Unicorn Press Ltd

124 pages | 95 color plates | 8 1/2 x 11 | © 2015
Paper $25.95 ISBN: 9781906509897 Will Publish February 2015 For Sale in USA and Canada Only
Alfred Wallis (1855–1942) was a semiliterate Cornish fisherman who was nearly deaf and in fragile mental health. Yet when he took up painting at the age of seventy, with no prior instruction, he quickly made a name for himself. He attracted a number of distinguished patrons and collectors, who grew to prize his paintings, even though he sold them for only a few pence to anyone who wanted them. Wallis mostly worked on oddly shaped scraps of cardboard, given to him by the local grocer, and he covered them in ship’s paint, a medium he knew well from his fishing days. Using very few colors, he depicted the sea, boats, and other aspects of life as a fisherman, images that let him celebrate his memories.

This book presents the story of Wallis’s life and work alongside beautiful full-color reproductions of nearly one hundred of his paintings. Rounding out the volume are transcripts of Wallis’s own anecdotes, recorded by his doctor, which bring Wallis’s artistic idiosyncrasies to life.
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