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    Sale 7637

    20th Century British Art

    12 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 84

    John Wells (1907-2000)

    Painted Relief

    Price Realised  


    John Wells (1907-2000)
    Painted Relief
    signed, inscribed and dated 'John Wells. 1968/Painted Relief. 1968./Anchor Studio/Trewarveneth Street/Newlyn/Cornwall' (on the reverse)
    oil on panel, relief construction
    15¾ x 12 in. (40 x 30.5 cm.)

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    While Wells was studying as a medical student he also took evening classes at St Martin's School of Art (1927-8) and during a trip to Cornwall in 1928 he met Christopher Wood, Ben and Winifred Nicholson. He worked as the GP for the Scilly Isles (1936-45) and during the war made boat trips to the mainland where he would meet with Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth and Naum Gabo, whose influence on Wells can be seen in the present work.

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    with The Sheviock Gallery, Cornwall.