Art and artists

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While Jersey has a proud artistic tradition, it does not stretch back very far, and artists of true national and international repute who were born in the island are very thin on the ground. Probably the most famous 'Jersey' artist was John Everett Millais, but he was not born in the island and left as a young man, never to return. And Peter Monamy, one of the foremost of 18th century English painters, who had been assumed to be Jersey-born, was discovered relatively recently to have been born in London and have much stronger connections with Guernsey than Jersey. But there are many artists who were born and spent most of their working lives in Jersey, painting scenes, events and people in the island, of whom their fellow islanders are very proud. Biographies of the most important can be found by following the links on this page. There is also information on which paintings are on public display, and where. Sadly Jersey's public gallery space is very limited, pending an outcome of a long-lasting debate over whether a 'national' gallery should be built.

Art on display

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Jersey has very limited facilities for displaying its art treasures. For years calls for the States to provide a national art gallery for the island have been ignored, and the debate continues. Today the majority of the island's artworks are in the care of Jersey Heritage. They are to be found in numerous locations, the majority open to the public.


Main galleries

Philip John Ouless

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Although perhaps not the most technically gifted of Jersey artists, Philip Ouless is undeniably one of the most important in terms of the value of his work in documenting the life of Jersey in the mid-18th century, when it was going through probably the most dramatic period of change in its history. His drawings, paintings and photographs have left an incredible legacy which provides historians with an invaluable, highly detailed, picture of the island in the Victorian era.

John Le Capelain

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Sadly John Le Capelain died at the age of 36, but the pictures he left behind him provide a priceless image of the island of his father's birth in the first half of the 18th century. (Contrary to popular belief, the artist was not born in Jersey, but in London.) One can only wonder what he would have achieved had he lived longer, but having obtained the patronage of Queen Victoria following her visit to the island two years before his death in 1848, it seems highly likely that he would have gone on to enjoy the admiration of art lovers far beyond Jersey's shores.

Edmund Blampied

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Jersey's favourite artist of the 20th Century, Edmund Blampied had a prolific output of etchings, paintings and book illustrations. He is revered for his drawings and painting of traditional island scenes such as Vraic gathering, his cartoons of Jersey folk, his designs for stamps during the German Occupation and his illustrations for books such as Peter Pan.


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