Mevagissey

John Chisnall

TitleMevagissey
ArtistJohn Chisnall
Paper Size (W x H)30 x 23 ins
Edition Size150
Price £110.00

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John Chisnall works mainly in watercolour, which he finds particularly well-suited to catching both the atmosphere and the detail of the architecture and landscapes he chooses to paint. Watercolour is not only portable, which is ideal when traveling, but it is also ‘immediate’, and it is this sense of immediacy which is central to the freshness and spontaneity associated with his work.

Mevagissey takes its name from a nearby church at Larrick which was dedicated to two saints; Meva and Issey. A fishing hamlet grew around the nearby harbour at Porthilly and the two settlements united in the fourteenth century. The village then expanded into a major fishing port in which the fish were either salted down and sold to the navy or had their oil extracted to be sold as lamp oil. Mevagissey is now one of Cornwall’s most celebrated resorts and, in the season, its narrow streets are packed with visitors. This view is taken across the inner harbour looking towards the east quay, with the main inner quay on the left, the west quay and new harbour facilities on the right and the town rising up opposite to make a natural backdrop to the harbour. In the harbour, the boats are kept upright at their moorings by stilt-like supports as the falling tide lowers the water level. John Chisnall’s own associations with Cornwall are extensive and a number of his wife’s family members have lived in Mevagissey, including her Uncle Harry, who ran the town greengrocers in Fore Street for many years.

Each print is hand signed by the artist and hand numbered.

About the Artist

John Chisnall

John Chisnall was born in Carshalton, Surrey in 1943 where he spent the first twenty years of his life. At school, he received encouragement in the arts in general from various members of the art departments and on leaving qualified as a chartered surveyor.

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