The clear, unique light of St Ives has attracted artists to our town since the nineteenth century. Happily, artists are still inspired by St Ives today, and we still have a thriving and busy art community. We’re excited to exhibit (and in some cases sell) work by several Cornish artists at The Garrack.

Here’s a bit more about our current artists and their stunning work.

Art at The Garrack

Sally Anderson Art

Sally has always been a keen artist, right from her childhood when she won a Barbara Hepworth award at secondary school. Her inspiration comes from her native town of St Ives, and her work centres around the places in West Cornwall that have been the backdrop for her life. Sally paints in bright, bold acrylics, capturing the colourful spirit of Penwith’s villages, nature, and seafood.

You’ll see Sally’s vibrant Cornish paintings around the hotel, including in many of the guest bedrooms. If you’d like to buy any of Sally’s paintings, please just let us know. To see more of her work, have a look at Sally Anderson Art on Facebook.

Mark Forster

It was Mark’s childhood interest in aviation that got him started as a photographer. Realising that opportunities to photograph air shows are limited, Mark turned his lens to his local area, and began taking pictures of his native St Ives and the area. He uses the HDR technique and combines three images to create an intensely vibrant and detailed picture.

Mark’s photos capture beauty in unexpected places, such as colourful fungus on sea-soaked wood: “What you can’t see with your eye, the camera picks up.”

Again, Mark’s work is displayed around The Garrack, and is available for guests to buy.

Iona Sanders

Iona was born in West Cornwall, and has spent most of her life here. As clear and reviving as a breath of sea air, Iona’s free and naive style takes the intimacy of everyday, simple objects such as a cup of coffee, and gives them a fresh new beauty. Iona works mainly in acrylic, although she is increasingly exploring mixed media.

To see more of Iona’s work, visit her website. Her work is exhibited in several galleries, including The Waterside Gallery here in St Ives, and The Summerhouse in Marazion.

Jo Downs

Jo Downs created a range of stunning fused glass, from spectacular statement pieces to a collection of beautiful gift ware. Based in Launceston, Jo’s work draws inspiration from the Cornish coastal landscape. As every pice is made by hand, Jo and team can create bespoke pieces.

Have a look at the website, or call into the Jo Downs shop in St Ives. There are further Jo Downs galleries in Fowey and Padstow, as well as the original Launceston studio. There cannot be many more evocative mementos to take back from Cornwall than this gorgeous, ocean-hued glassware.