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Get to know Alfred Wallis

Discover the work of this artist and fisherman

A bit of background

Artist, Alfred Wallis was born in Devonport and later lived in St Ives, both towns in Cornwall, UK. Having no artistic training, he began painting at the age of 70. His pictures tell stories of living by the coast and his memories of working at sea.

In this film we explore the artist's work, his use of everyday materials and his final three sketchbooks, which have been acquired by Tate and Kettle's Yard.

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