Joan Gillchrist is established as on of the foremost naïve artist of her time. Just as L. S. Lowry’s work depicts the life and times of the working class people of Northern England. Joan’s distinctive paintings of people going about their business will be forever identified with the fisher folk of Cornwall’s rugged Penwith Peninsula. Despite her acclaim she was a very private p...erson who shunned publicity and could never quite understand the tremendous following for her work.
Joan was born in London in 1918. In 1958 Joan moved to Mousehole where she started to exhibit her work at the Newlyn Art Gallery and the St'Ives society of artists. She captured the day to day lives of the people who made Newlyn, Mousehole and St.Ives their home, painting in a naïve style that was influenced by Christopher Wood, Alfred Wallis and Bryan Pearce. Her work sits proudly alongside other great artists of the St. Ives School working from the nineteen sixties.