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Alfred Wallis: Ships and Boats

17 July – 29 July 2017

Alfred Wallis: Ships and Boats at the Fermoy Gallery as part of King’s Lynn Festival

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In all his work he captures the universal aspect of his picture as opposed to its local one. Wallis is never local.

-Jim Ede on Wallis

As part of the King’s Lynn Festival, we were delighted to present an exhibition of Alfred Wallis’ paintings at the Fermoy Gallery. The gallery sits next to the River Great Ouse and is the ideal setting for Wallis’ scenes of ships and boats at sea.

Born in Devonport, Alfred Wallis was a fisherman and later a scrap-metal merchant in St. Ives. After the death of his wife in 1922, he turned to painting as a way of fending off loneliness. Wallis paints innovative seascapes drawn from his own experiences on found fragments of card and paper. He was admired by Ben Nicholson and Christopher Wood, who came across his work when visiting St. Ives in 1928 and included it in the Seven & Five Society’s exhibition of 1929.

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Works in the collection

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Sailing boat with French-grey sails, undated

Alfred Wallis

Sailing boat with French-grey sails Find out more


Sailing ship and porpoises, undated

Alfred Wallis

Sailing ship and porpoises Find out more


Boats under Saltash Bridge (Royal Albert Bridge), c. 1935-37

Alfred Wallis

Boats under Saltash Bridge (Royal Albert Bridge) Find out more


Boat with yellow mast in full sail, undated

Alfred Wallis

Boat with yellow mast in full sail Find out more