Artist renovates boat into floating studio ahead of festival exhibition

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By mpad_mark | Thursday, May 24, 2012, 11:00

An acclaimed Cornish artist and author has renovated a boat and taken to the water as he prepares for his next exhibition.

Robert Jones is sailing around the Fal River creating preliminary sketches and artwork for his forthcoming show at Trelissick Gardens.

Running from Saturday, June 2, to Sunday, June 24, the exhibition coincides with the Truro and Penwith College Fal River Festival.

Robert said: "Discovering parts of the Fal River by boat has been a wonderful experience. I have been intrigued by finding places I have not visited before.

"My first experience of sailing on the Fal was in the autumn of 2010, and I returned this year."

"If you go somewhere by boat you get a completely different view, even of places you have known from the land. For me that's always a novel and fresh experience."

Robert is a regular exhibitor at Trelissick and has had many one-man shows in Cornwall. His work has been exhibited at the Hayward Gallery, Tate St. Ives, and he has participated in solo and group exhibitions nationwide.

Robert is also the author of two books, the first: 'Alfred Wallis, Artist and Mariner' concentrates on the sources of imagery in the work of the St. Ives artist.

His second book is a biography of the British ship portrait artist Reuben Chappell. He has lectured widely on the subject of both books.

He was made a Bard of the Cornish Gorsedd for his contribution to culture in Cornwall.

Tony Crosby, National Trust Gallery organiser officer, said: "We're really excited about Robert's exhibition.

"The fact that he is out on the water, on his renovated boat, creating work for the show is something that will capture people's imaginations."

Festival director, Toby Budd, said: "This exhibition and the work Robert is doing fits in perfectly with the ethos of the Truro and Penwith Fal River Festival, which is to celebrate life on, and around, the Fal River.

"It has been great to see Robert's floating studio and I am really looking forward to seeing Robert's work at Trelissick."

Other art events taking place during the festival include Flushing Arts Week, which runs from Saturday, June 2 to Saturday, June 9, and Open Studios (Friday, June 1 to Sunday, June 10).

There will be a glassblowing display at the Malcolm Sutcliffe Gallery in Penryn and a family painting workshop at the Falmouth Art Gallery, both on Saturday, June 2.

An Art Trail takes place in Flushing on Monday, June 4, while John Dyer talks about painting in Peru, Costa Rica and the Philippines at the Falmouth Art Gallery on Wednesday, June 6.

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    Thanks. Robert's boat is moored off Mylor Harbour, but he will be focusing on his work ahead of the show so there is nothing planned for people to pay him a visit. If he's around though I am sure he will be happy to chat.

    By mpad_mark at 11:13 on 28/05/12

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    Thanks Mark - at what places and on what dates can people find Robert moored up?

    By mwill at 00:45 on 25/05/12

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