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We wish to open our 2014 blog with a tribute to outstanding St Ives painter Lucie Bray who, on 2nd January this year, tragically lost her life to the sea she loved to paint.

We had the very great pleasure of hosting Lucie’s first ever solo exhibition at The New Craftsman in 2008, and have held annual, highly acclaimed exhibitions of her work ever since.

Born and raised in our beautiful county, Lucie studied at the Falmouth School of Art and then Wimbledon School of Art, and became one of only a few dedicated, contemporary plein air painters in Cornwall. Her work tent was a regular feature on Porthmeor beach, where she captured the sweeping energy of sea and sky in vibrant, oil on board works.

Lucie’s talent brought her very great success, and in December 2012 she was given a studio at the prestigious Porthmeor Studios, where leading British artists Patrick Heron, Ben Nicholson, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham and Sir Terry Frost all worked before her. Because of this, we take comfort from the fact that her loss, at the age of only 39, cannot now remove her name from the roll call of influential St Ives artists.

We shall miss Lucie’s visits to The New Craftsman, and the thrill of her bringing new works to unwrap, consign and hang. We are proud to have worked with an artist who so greatly enriched the contemporary art scene of St Ives. Lucie was a lovely young woman. Her death is a very great loss to us and to St Ives, and her paintings a very great gift to the history of art in Cornwall.

Headland St Ives by Lucie Bray

Images / Top: Lucie at work in her Bivouac on Porthmeor Beach. Bottom: Headland St Ives, oil on board.

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