Tom Cross: Early Paintings

Kestle Barton
Cornwall TR12 6HU

15 June–26 August 2013

Start 1976
Collage, oil and acrylic on canvas
149.5 x 149.5 cm

The Kestle Barton Summer exhibition is an opportunity for visitors and those familiar with Tom Cross’ later paintings of the Helford River area to view his earlier paintings of the late 1960s and 1970s. The relationship between abstraction and realism was explored throughout Cross’ lifetime with the emphasis shifting at different periods, but with the two strands continually informing each other.

Tom Cross: Early Paintings features colourful, geometric paintings influenced by contemporary international abstract movements.

Paintings of Cornwall and Other Places

Belgrave Gallery
22 Fore Street
St Ives
Cornwall TR26 1HE

7th to 28th May 2012

Riverbank 1995
Oil on canvas
51 x 61 cm

Our second exhibition of works by artist, writer and teacher Tom Cross. Travel was an important part of Cross’ artistic practice, beginning with a scholarship to the British School in Rome after graduation from the Slade School of Art in 1956. The show includes paintings from Cornwall, Wales, Guernsey, Sweden, Italy, The Middle East, Australia, Mexico and Belize.

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TOM CROSS (1931 – 2009) ~ Fifty Years’ Work

Belgrave Gallery
22 Fore Street
St Ives
Cornwall TR26 1HE

6th to 27th September 2010

The Quay at Port Navas 2005
Oil on canvas
91 x 101 cm

Tom Cross was well known as a painter, teacher and writer. He exhibited his work regularly after graduating from The Slade (mid 1950s) as well as holding a number of educational positions culminating in Principal of Falmouth School of Art (1976 – 1987). Following retirement from Falmouth, he continued to write, lecture and paint. One of his most important achievements was the publication of ‘Painting the Warmth of the Sun’ (first published 1984) a book about the St Ives Modernist period that helped prepare the ground for the founding of the Tate Gallery in St Ives (opened 1993). This exhibition brings together for the first time in several years paintings and prints covering the artist’s career from his time at The Slade to the late Helford River paintings. The exhibition coincides with the St Ives September Festival (11 – 25 Sept)

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Post War Abstract Show

Belgrave Gallery
22 Fore Street
St Ives
Cornwall TR26 1HE

2nd April 2010 – 26th April 2010

Red LandscapeOil on canvas76.5 x 101.5cms

Red Landscape
Oil on canvas
76.5 x 101.5 cm

An exhibition of sculpture, paintings and works on paper by British artists working in the second half of the 20th Century. The exhibition focuses particularly on 1950s, 60s and 70s abstraction. Artists involved include: Robert Adams, Frank Beanland, Denis Bowen, Michael Canney, Maurice Cockrill, Tom Cross, Robyn Denny, Roy Turner Durrant, Bernard Farmer, Terry Frost, William Gear, Paul Huxley, Henry Inlander, William Newcombe, Kenneth Rowntree, John Milne, Edward Rogers, Aubrey Williams, Brian Willsher and others.


Falmouth Art Gallery
The Moor
Cornwall TR11 2RT

27 Feb 2010 – 17 Apr 2010

Polwheveral Creek 1996
Oil on Board
102×122 cm

This exhibition celebrates the strong connection between the rich artistic heritage of Falmouth and the formation of Falmouth Art School (now University College Falmouth).

The exhibition includes major artists such as: Ray Atkins, Trevor Bell, Sandra Blow, Susan Boafo, Laurie Burt, Prunella Clough, Tom Cross, Tom Early, Michael Finn, Sir Terry Frost, Francis Hewlett, Kurt Jackson, Robert Jones, Richard Long, Danny Markey, Lee Miller, Antony Penrose and Sir Roland Penrose.