Cornish Art

In our newly revamped bar, we’ve championed local Cornish artists breaking waves in more ways than one. These young Cornish artists are pushing the boundaries of surf art in a range of mediums too from painted surfboards to woodcuts, beach clean collages to traditional oil paintings and dynamic photography. 

If you would like to know more about these artists – and be inspired by them enough to want to own a piece for yourself – we can help you here or tell you all you need when you call in. 

Our commitment to championing Cornish art and Cornish artists doesn’t stop there. You’ll find local South West art in The Conservatory and Driftwood restaurants and in our exciting new restaurant, Offshore, we’ve created a sleek modern space where contemporary Cornish art can have a real home in North Cornwall for the very first time. 

Some of the Cornish artists – and their amazing works – featured in our Surf Bar include:

Ben Cook Surf Flower Print
Ben Cook Surf Flower Print plus Charcoal Drawing

BEN COOK, LARGE SURF FLOWER  

We’re delighted to have two pieces by Cornish artist, Ben Cook, a limited edition Large Surf Flower Print, plus the loan of a wonderful charcoal drawing, which (tongue firmly in cheek) is perhaps the best specials board in the world.

Ben has exhibited throughout the UK and internationally, his work focusing on the landscape seen through the eyes of a surfer, examining both the cultural and material aspects of surfing and its effect on the land and sea.

Using recycled surfboard materials, wetsuits and surfwax, his work offers an alternative view of the South West landscape and is held in many private and public collections including the Arts Council England Collection, Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester, Manchester Art Gallery, the Museum of Non Conformist Art St Petersburg and The Museum of British Surfing in Braunton Devon.

Visit Ben’s website to see more of his great art works.

Robbie Jones Woodcut
Robbie Jones Whale Woodcut

ROBBIE W. JONES, LARGE WHALE WOODCUT

Robbie Jones, from North Cornwall, is rapidly gaining a deserved reputation for stunning hand carved woodcuts inspired by traditional tattoos and nature. Woodblocks have been used in printmaking for millennia, with the woodblock seldom celebrated, but Robbie has made the woodblocks the work of art themselves and we are over the moon to have his whale woodcut proudly adorning our bar.

Check out Robbie’s Etsy page.

Maia Walczak Surfboard
Maia Walczak Surfboard in The Bay View Inn main bar

MAIA WALCZAK, PAINTED SURFBOARD 

Maia Walczak is a prolific artist, illustrator and author, gleaning inspiration from nature, surfing, sleeping out under the stars, hiking and birdsong. Born and raised in London to Polish parents, she is widely known for writing and her surf inspired art and artwork on surfboards, longboards and skate decks. Maia now lives on the Cornish coast, from where she creates artwork and designs for a range of clients – including us.

Check out Maia’s website for more information.

Mike Lacey Cornish Heart
Close up of Mike Lacey’s Cornish Heart

MIKE LACEY, CORNISH HEART PHOTOGRAPH 

Mike’s been surfing around Cornwall for eleven years and swims out with his camera through all conditions to photograph and capture the power and intensity of the waves. When we saw his shot-of-a-lifetime called Cornish Heart, we had to have it in our bar, especially when we learned that Mike was searching the day he took the photo for an image to celebrate the birth of his child, Coral.

Visit Mike’s website to see his wonderful images.

Final design before it was lovingly framed and sent to us

MICHELLE COSTELLO, LARGE COLOUR WHEEL

Inspired by a beach clean following the New Year storms of 2014, self-styled marine debris artist, Michele Costello, scours Cornish beaches for plastic and cleans and turns her beach cleaning activities into fabulous works of art that inspire young and old alike. As with most people who see her work for the first time, we were struck first by the beauty of the work itself – then as we got closer intrigued and beguiled by the novelty of the materials. With each piece being unique, we hope everyone enjoys our wheel in our Surf Bar.

Visit Michelle Costello here.

Close up of the stunning abstract painting

MELANIE MCDONALD, “RED SURFER”

Melanie McDonald’s passion is to try to capture the sense of bliss and freedom of North Cornwall’s beaches, with light and atmosphere stunningly evoked in her highly original works. Of all her works – and there were a lot we loved – Red Surfer stood out for the vivid red and the brooding dark background – it makes you think of a surfer who has mastered incredible waves all day bidding farewell as the light finally fades.

Visit Melanie McDonald here.

The Bay View