JOHN ANTHONY PARK
1878 – 1962
Oil on panel
Frame size: 18½ x 21¾ inches / 47 x 55.3 cm
Stock number: 099673/0718
John Anthony Park was born in Preston, Lancashire and was considered to be the star pupil at Julius OLSSON and Algernon Mayow TALMAGE’s school (1902-04), then trained in Paris at Colarossi’s under Delacluse before returning to St Ives in 1906. He sold Street St Ives at NAG in the summer of 1910.
Known for his impressionistic touch with colour and light, best known for brilliantly coloured impressionistic depictions of boats in St Ives harbour, he also painted still lifes. In WWI he served in East Surrey Regiment, and married his wife Peggy in 1919. The couple lived in St Ives by 1921 moving to 3 Bowling Green in 1923. In the Show Day of 1924, he exhibited with the paintings he was sending away to the RA. They included the largest, Drying Sails, another of St Ives with the herring fishing in full swing, Herring Time St Ives, and the third, Souvenir from France, depicting the entrance to the harbour of La Rochelle.
Now he is probably the most highly rated of St Ives resident members of STISA. Moved to London 1933, his studio in Maida Vale close to that of Dorothea SHARP and Marcella SMITH, but returned to St Ives in 1940 where he felt more comfortable. Sadly, he died almost penniless in Preston, his wife having predeceased him (1957, Torquay). Sven BERLIN said, “He painted like an angel – simply cathedrals of light.” WORMLEIGHTON celebrated his life with his biography, Morning Tide: John Anthony Park and the painters of light.