Marion Grace Hocken (1923-1987)
|Artist Name||Marion Grace Hocken (1923-1987)|
|Title||Floral of Fuschias in a Blue Glass Vase|
|Description||This charming floral oil painting is by Cornish born artist Marion Grace Hocken. Painted circa 1950 it is a floral arrangement of pink and purple fuschia with sprays of blue flowers in a blue glass vase on a table. A keen botanist, Hocken has perfectly captured the delicateness of the fuschias in their various stages of bloom. A charming oil painting by a female St Ives artist of the fifties.
Signed lower right.
|Medium||Oil on Canvas|
|Size||20 x 24 inches|
|Frame||Housed in an ornate gilt frame, 31 inches by 27 inches framed and in good condition.|
|Biography||Marion Grace Hocken (1923-1987). Born in Zennor, Cornwall she was a student at Leonard John Fuller's St Ives School of Painting after beginning her studies at the Redruth School of Art and the Brighton School of Art. A keen botanist and Fellow of the Zoological Society and the Royal Entomological Society, she specialised in paintings of flowers which were acclaimed at the Paris Salon. The WCAA inherited one of her scrapbooks, and with it some correspondence (mainly Christmas cards) with her friends and acquaintances. Hocken was a founder member of the Penwith Society, along with Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth. Her most controversial work was a painting, The Hollow Men: a visual satire on the community politics of St Ives which raised many eyebrows and aroused some ferocious animosity. She married Mervyn Paul in later life.