The purpose of the Cornwall Artists Index is to preserve and make accessible the invaluable history of the art and artists of Cornwall. The index is an invaluable and ever-growing database of artists known to have worked in the county.
Norman Garstin was an Irish artist associated with the Newlyn
School of painters. He was born in Caherconlish, Co. Limerick, Ireland,
and was involved in various professions such as journalism and gold
mining (in South Africa).
In 1885 he befriended members of the Newlyn School and settled
there a year later, moving to nearby Penzance in 1890.
His work consisted primarily of small oil panels in the plein air style,
something he had picked up from the French Impressionists such as
Edouard Manet and Edgar Degas. He taught 40 students a year on European
summer schools for some 25 years and is credited with teaching Harold
Harvey, the Cornish Newlyn School painter.
We were recently fortunate to acquire one of Garstin's sketchbooks,
which contained a large number of superb watercolours painted during his
travels across the south of England in 1919. They are all incredibly
fresh, with strong colours, and are all presented in high-quality double
mounts and gilt frames.