Martyn Dempsey

Martyn Dempsey hails from Manchester, however after a visit to Newquay at the age of 16 when he quickly became a self-confessed 'surfing addict', he soon realised that Cornwall was where he needed to be. His great love of the sea spurred on his passion for art and inspired him to start painting on canvas - a new medium for him at the time - and sculpting. Dempsey started to…

Meet Our Artists: Alvaro Tamarit Creates Functional Sculptures

There's so much to be inspired by on the beautiful coast and countryside of Cornwall and when we first saw the fantastic work by Alvaro Tamarit, which utilises fragments of driftwood that can be found washed up on the shores of our beloved beaches to create his astounding sculptures and collages, we knew that we had to have him as a St Mawes Gallery artist!   It's easy to see…

A St Mawes Gallery Guide to The Famous Cornwall Art Scene

The Cornwall art scene is famous and known for its incredible offering all over the world. With galleries aplenty, local artists and exhibitions round every corner and all the scenic inspiration you could possibly ask for – it is the UK destination for holiday-makers who love to revel in all things creative.   Since the mid 1800s, Cornwall has drawn the artist’s eye and been at the heart of many…

Inspired by Cornwall: Is The Light in Cornwall REALLY Something Special?

As an art lover, you’ve probably heard all about that special quality of light that only Cornwall has to offer. It has allegedly been inspiring artists for centuries and whilst there’s no mistaking that an awful lot of exceptionally beautiful artwork does come from the Cornish Coast, is there really something to that light that everyone raves about or is it just a myth?   Whether you live here in…

Master The Grouped Gallery Display with Our Top Hanging Tips

Got your eye on multiple paintings from our lovely little Cornish gallery and can’t choose which one to fill the gap on your wall? Who says you need to stick to one?! A gallery wall is a really stylish way to display artwork in the home and it’s an easy way to transform a bland room into something quite exciting!   Many people are nervous to give it a try…

St Mawes Art Gallery Tips: How to Display Large Artwork in Small Spaces

If you live in a small scale home or you’ve got a little room in particular that you feel could benefit from a beautiful piece of artwork, it’s understandable that you might set out on a mission to find something dinky to fit the space. However, sometimes life just isn’t that simple, so what happens if you fall in love with a very large painting instead? The good news is,…

New Art? Don’t Make These 5 Common Mistakes…

Perfect art displaying is…well…an art in and of itself! Everyone has their own way of doing things of course and the way you choose to decorate your home will largely inform what you put on the walls and where, but despite this, there are some pro art display techniques that can really make artwork stand out and come to life, and mistakes that are commonly made which do the opposite.…

Art Display Tips: How to Utilise Negative Space for Gallery-Worthy Walls

You’ve read our advice on how to physically hang your newly bought art, but how do you decide where on the walls to put it? Pinterest boards, Instagram feeds and swish magazines are always flaunting photos of beautiful rooms, from perfectly placed furniture, ingenious storage ideas and of course, art on the walls that has clearly been displayed by a pro. But when it comes to dressing your own home,…

4 Reasons to Support Small Businesses in Cornwall this Christmas

As an independent, husband and wife run gallery, each and every purchase you make means the world to us and we’re not alone in feeling that way.   With Christmas coming up fast, it’s all too easy to fall back on quick and easy online shopping from huge, international companies – we get it, sometimes a speedy Amazon delivery might seem like the only option! But as the season for…

Christmas in Cornwall: The St Mawes Gallery List of Festive Fun on the Cornish Coast!

With Christmas now officially just around the corner, we’ve got our mince pies in the oven, twinkly lights on the go and a calendar full of magical things to do in Cornwall this festive season.   In our opinion, you simply can’t beat a Cornish Christmas! With some of the UKs most spectacular Christmas markets offering unique hand-crafted gifts, delicious food and drink and beautiful decorations right on our doorstep;…