Clive Perryman, Colour-blind artist, St Ives

Colour blind to red/green, Clive Perryman, seen here in his attic studio high above St. Ives’ harbour, was 75 in 2008.

Former bursar of The Royal Ballet School, he retired to St. Ives in 1991 and, apart from some evening classes in sculpture, has absolutely no training in Art. In fact, for 65 years Clive avoided any kind of painting since he was ridiculed in infant school for painting a red tree trunk and purple river. However, when he retired, his daughter persuaded him to draw a lighthouse on driftwood from Porthmeor Beach and colour it with blue and white household paint and this is still in the porch of her cottage.

Subsequently, Clive has had a job keeping up with requests from relatives and friends and, more recently from Galleries in the London area, for large pictures as well as lighthouse reliefs made from reclaimed materials and driftwood. When he first started painting, he had not heard of Alfred Wallis, but is now an admirer and has produced some work echoing Wallis’ style.

The works on sale here are limited run copies of the originals shown. Whilst each piece is hand-made, and unique, unless stated, it will not be the only work by Clive on the subject. Clive is happy to be commissioned to work to specified sizes. Please contact him by email in the first instance.

Artistic direction for Chy-an-Albany - click here to read an article from The St. Ives Times and Echo and Hayle Times, November 20th 2009