Wilhelmina Barns-Graham and Jonathan Michael Ray

28 May-2 Oct 2022

Tate St Ives
St Ives TR26 1TG


An exhibition bringing together two artists connected with West Cornwall.

While separated by time, as well as the media and form their works take, both artists draw inspiration from the local landscape, exploring the idea that there is more to experience in nature than can be found on the surface.

Scottish-born artist Wilhelmina Barns-Graham CBE (1912–2004) was based in St Ives for much of her life. The exhibition features paintings by Barns-Graham from throughout her career, many of which reference the terrain and natural resources of Cornwall.

Jonathan Michael Ray’s (b.1984) practice incorporates photography, printmaking, found objects, stained glass and local stone. His recent works share with Barns-Graham in a fascination with geology and reflect on the ancient significance of landscape and humankind’s interactions with it.