Bob Bourne (1931-2021)

Bob Bourne (1931-2021)

Bob Bourne was born in Exmouth, Devon in 1931. As a young child during the Second World War, Bob was evacuated to Bermuda, before returning back in England to attend school in Brighton. Later based in Penzance, Bob had a variety of working environments in West Cornwall and elsewhere, including a brief attempt at living in Perth, Australia. Primarily a self-taught painter, Bourne exhibited extensively in the South West and London. He developed a distinctive primitive style, often featuring houses set in landscapes, either from the outside looking in, or from the onside looking out. Large scale, bold flat colours, strong texture and the use of motifs such as everyday furniture, pictures, mirrors, lamps and vases are typical of his delightful style.

Elected member Newlyn Society of Artists 1962
Elected member Penwith Society of Arts 1963
Moved to London 1971
Moved to Western Australia then Ardeche, France 1973
Returned to Cornwall 1976

One-person exhibitions:
2011 'Bourne at Eighty', Belgrave St Ives
2008 'Recent Paintings', Penhaven Gallery, St Ives
2005 The Town Mill Gallery, Lyme Regis
2003 Maltby Gallery, Winchester
2001 Cobra & Bellamy, London
2002/4/6/8 Rainyday Gallery, Penzance
1986 'Bob Bourne and Max Barrett', Penwith Society of Arts
1981 The Salthouse, St Ives
1974 The Firestation, Perth, Western Australia
1973 Langton Gallery, London
1973 Arthur Tooth & Sons, London
1968 Penwith Gallery, St Ives

Selected group exhibitions:
2011 'Summer Waves', Belgrave St Ives. 'Cornish Artists', Riverside Gallery, London
2010-2000 Penhaven Gallery, St Ives
2009-1992 Rainyday Gallery, Penzance
2004 New Burlington Galleries, London
1993 Cadogan Gallery, London
1991-1989 Austin Desmond Fine Art, London and Exeter
1990-1983 Crane Kalman Gallery, London
1987 'Art Westward', Newlyn and Bristol
1984 'Fifty Years of Cornish Art', Truro and London
1980 Arts Council Touring Exhibition
1978 Newlyn Gallery, Cornwall
1977 Fox Fine Art, London
1974 Lister Gallery, Perth, Western Australia
1972 Newlyn Society of Artists, München Gladbach, Germany
1970 'Cornish Painters', Bath Festival
1970 Augsburg, Germany
1969 'Newlyn Society of Artists', Quimber, France
1968 Ansdell Gallery, London. Circle Gallery, London
1965 Holten, Holland
1963 Penwith Society of Arts, St Ives, Cornwall
1962 Newlyn Society of Arts, Newlyn, Cornwall

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