Newlyn Fish Market - boats due to land.

Thursday, 29 July 2021

Nine stunning paintings adorn the fish market in Newlyn.



It started with a trip on the Karen of Ladram with skipper Sid Porter showing local artist Henrietta Graham over the boat shortly before she made a week-long trip hake netting 80 miles west of Scilly...

from there she made sketches and studies of the crew at work while the boat fished for hake...


then a series of huge oil paintings followed depicting the diverse range of activities needed to keep the fleet at sea...



in the studio she was watched over by a portrait of her one-time mentor Ken Howard working on the action down in the fishroom when landing...



to putting finishing touches to 'Landing Cornish Sardines at night'




after the finished artworks were photographed by local photographer Steve Tanner they were then transferred and printed on durable aluminium panels, here seen checking the quality of the test prints with harbourmaster Rob Parsons...



the blank, grey walls of the newly refurbished fish market cried out for some sort of decoration and what better way to celebrate Newlyn's continuing ability to lure artists from far and wide to document the fishing industry...



ever since Walter Langley and Stanhope Forbes founded the pioneering Newlyn School in the late1800s, no doubt as in this picture, 'Local Critics' by Langley the works will attract comments from the local community, especially those that might see themselves immortalised in paint as there predecessors were...



and so work began...



affixing the aluminium backed prints...


by the guys from Booths Print in Penryn...


who printed the photographic copies of the original canvasses that capture so many aspects of the port...


from the old 'shout' auction which started every weekday at 6am...



to lifting boxes of fish from a refrigerated fishroom during landing...


welding a beam trawler derrick...



landing sardines...



sorting and boxing fish at sea in the fishroom...


taking a break after landing... 




repairing a scalloper...


to gutting and washing the catch of hake...




also at sea, a crewman on the lookout for a dhan used to mark the end of a tier of nets...




roll-up on lips looking aft as the skipper brings the boat into berth against the quay...




the finished works can all be seen easily from the pavement opposite the fish market...




BBC Spotlight recorded Henrietta's reaction to seeing several years work finally on view to the public for the first time. Some of the original large canvasses are available for viewing and purchase directly from the artist via her website