Newlyn Fishing Industry paintings by international artist Henrietta Graham will be on display at the harbor fish market
Beautiful paintings of fishermen at work will be on display in the fish market where they were created during the lockdown.
Newlyn-based international artist Henrietta Graham’s works, which showcase the country’s fishing industry, will be on permanent display at the Newlyn Fish Market from June 9.
Recognized as one of Britain’s foremost figurative and portrait artists, the artist’s award-winning series aims to capture the fishermen, welders, ice packers, searchlights and trawlers of the fishing industry in oils on canvas.
In collaboration with the Newlyn Pier and Harbor Commission, the nine 8-by-6-foot aluminum copies of the Graham’s Fishing series will adorn the newly renovated fish market, highlighting the daily work that workers in the fishing industry face for bring, land and sell their catch.
The series was painted during the lockdown as Henrietta found herself stranded at her home in Mousehole.
The artist, who moved to Cornwall 20 years ago, said: “I moved to Cornwall 20 years ago to take an Artist-in-Residence program at Tintagel. Then I traveled west to Cornwall and discovered Newlyn, Cornwall.
“I am a born traveler so I used Cornwall as a base to travel but this is where I always come back. It’s stimulating here, but peaceful too. I spent confinement at my home in Mousehole and painted my new series in my Newlyn studio, recovering from breast cancer and divorce.
Henrietta first rose to prominence for painting the famous Chefs series in which she captured the stars, bars and kitchens of the British food scene with portraits such as those of Albert Roux, Raymond Blanc, Michel Roux Jnr , René Redzepi, Gordon Ramsay and Anthony Bourdain.
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Henrietta has spent the past 25 years immersing herself in the most extreme scenes of everyday life, including Irish slaughterhouses, Mexican arenas, Kenyan game reserves and Indian palaces.
Over the years, the Cornwall-based artist has painted portraits of Hollywood stars, British politicians, artists and even the Tower of London’s Raven Masters.
“Part of the appeal of my subjects is the adventure that getting them will involve,” she added. “The fishing series was born by mistake. I was working in Newlyn, watching the boats come in and the men working on the wharf – the sailors, the welders, the auctioneers. It was so vibrant and empowering that he was irresistible as a subject.
To paint the series, Henrietta spent a week on a trawler, drawing the best she could and working alongside the fishermen.
She said: “The courage and hard work of the fishermen is phenomenal and I wanted to highlight that. From what I’ve seen, these fishermen seem to really respect the sea. And I wanted to make it clear that any community like Newlyn that has a lifeboat is ruled by people who take care of each other. Community is a rare and precious thing – we must cherish it. “
Ever since an artists’ colony formed the ‘Newlyn School’ in the 1880s, Newlyn has a long history of artists captivated by its fishing community, showing the hardships of the daily lives of fishermen and their wives. .
Henrietta’s paintings are a nod to the works of Stanhope Forbes, recognized as the father of the Newlyn School, whose realism and portrayal of everyday life gave us a glimpse into a world that otherwise would not have not registered.
Rob Parsons, Newlyn Harbor Manager, said: “Henrietta’s passion for industry and the harbor is immeasurable, and we are delighted that her work is on permanent display to the public in Newlyn.”
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