Joan Gillchrest was born in London in 1918 and trained at the Grosvenor School of Art. However it was much later in life when she developed her unmistakable style which made her one of the foremost naive artists of her time.
Joan moved from London to Mousehole, Cornwall in 1958 and this was to be her home until the time of her death some 50 years later. During this period, being inspired by Cornwall's rugged Penwith Peninsula, she developed a naive style she quickly made her own.
Our gallery website features a particularly good example of her work that includes her classic iconic images.