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.