Welcome to Suffolk Artists

This 'free to use' site is promoting Suffolk associated artists, many of whom are unknown or unappreciated, and has some 4,500 entries and the Suffolk Artists site receives over 3,000 visits every day, being used by collectors, galleries, auctioneers etc., and such bodies as the National Gallery, ArtUK down to Wikipedia. The biographies are based on similar information that is supplied by other artists to 'Who's Who in Art' the bi-annual publication of artists since 1927 and still going strong.

Unlike some, this information is available to all without subscription; it is a totally non-commercial venture by the author. It may be freely used by anyone but an acknowledgement of the use of the site would be appreciated. The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only and while endeavouring to keep the information correct and up-to-date, makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.

Any additions or corrections would be welcomed and the data will only be stored in digital format on a password protected computer and will be deleted if requested.

The definition of a Suffolk associated artist in this list is in the eyes of the compiler, unless the painter was born, worked and died in the county which would reduce the lists to very few, so it is selective with those painters who have tenuous connections with Suffolk. The rolling countyside and the shores of the county were a natural draw to many artists and to have included all those that painted in the county would have made the list too large and reduce its value in promoting the artists of Suffolk. Painters that could have been included are Olive Cook (1912-2002) and her husband Edwin Smith (1912-1971) who spent a month or two each summer at Blackshore on the coast at Southwold, which was next door to artists Donald and Irene Horwood. Sculptor Mary Booth (1885-1969), grand-daughter of the founding Savationist, which family first visited Southwold in 1909, and General Booth purchased a house 'Crapstone' (later 'The Turrets') in North Road where he lived incognito under his wife's maiden name of Soper. Frank Ernest Morant Cox (1850-1919), the London artist, who was a frequent visitor to the town, painted 'Old Todd' the ferryman at Southwold and 'The Ferry' a lost painting of copy of which is hanging in the 'Lord Nelson' inn. Artist John Leith Craxton (1922-2009) spent time in Walberswick in 1937 and Edward Gordon Craig (1872-1966), actor Ellen Terry's son, came to the area with James Pryde (1866-1941) and later returned, inviting his girlfriend to join him in Dunwich, she was followed by a detective on behalf of Craig's estranged wife. Contemporary artist Damien Hirst lived at Southwold while an art student, to learn from resident sculptor Margaret Mellis [q.v.] and talented Arts-and-Crafts metalworker Philip Frederick Alexander lived in Walberswick and received worldwide commissions for his work during the early part of the 1900s. Irish artists that found their way to the Suffolk coast include Norman Garstin, Edwin Hayes, Nathaniel Hone, Joseph Malachy Kavanagh, Aloysius O'Kelly, Alexander Mann and Sarah Purser, &c.