In 1964, the newly established University of Essex received a donation from Jim Ede, a collector of British-based artists who established Kettles’ Yard, Cambridge. As new universities were built in the 1960s, full of post war optimism, Ede declared that there “should be a Kettles’ Yard in every University” and donated a number of works, including five paintings by Alfred Wallis. For this exhibition we reunite the Alfred Wallis paintings from the University of Essex’s Jim Ede Collection, with the collection they were originally born out of, Kettles’ Yard.
Living in St. Ives, Cornwall and with no training, Alfred Wallis took up painting late in life. Previously, he had worked as a mariner, but now, with only household oil paint on found bits of card, Wallis made extraordinary artworks that he considered more experiences than paintings.
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