Wallis spent most of his life as a fisherman and only began to paint at the age of 70. Living in St Ives, Wallis painted memories of deep sea fishing boats which were no longer in use.
The Blue Ship
438 x 559 mm
Oil paint on board on wood
Date of work
Born in 1855 Alfred Wallis was an English fisherman, scrap merchant and painter. Claiming to have gone to sea at the age of nine, Wallis was involved in deep-sea fishing and had sailed as far as Newfoundland, Canada. In 1890 he moved to St Ives where he became a marine scrap merchant. He retired in 1912 and when his wife died in 1922 he took up painting to keep himself company.