John Birch St Ives Paintings

John Birch Art

Cornwall St Ives
St Ives

I always take a lot of photographs for my art while out walking I also sketch the different landscapes, flowers and birds. These together with everyday objects give me the inspiration and the ideas I use in the different pieces of work. I aim to create pieces of work that are bright, colourful and vibrant.

Here is a Small St Ives harbour painting, One that I have previously photographed and then while on lock down decided to paint an abstract view of St Ives Harbour. Many people will know this straight away from the icon 3 arches and the two light houses. The pier in the painting is called Smeatons Pier. Fishermen use the Pier as a workspace to store fishing tackle. It’s a view from the top of St Ives. Imagine you are standing at the top near the bus station. The garden with the view is called The Malakoff Park and Garden. A Peaceful location high on the hillside giving great views over St Ives bay, the beach, and the railway terminus.

Pedn-Olva, St Ives

Porthminister Beach St Ives
Pedn Olva, Porthminister Beach St Ives

The Pedn Olva Hotel which is on the edge of St Ives and overlooks Porthminster Beach as well as St Ives harbour. This is another small painting that I painted in lock down of the Hotel and beach

The perfect beach for your St Ives get away. In the summer enjoy the sheltered aspect of the beach away from the prevailing winds, in the winter enjoy the drama as you watch the Atlantic swells crash over Godrevy Lighthouse on the other side of the bay. Enjoy a coffee or a beer at the Porthminster Beach Café or the outdoor takeaway café next door.

St Ives painting, A view from above

St Ives Cornwall
Large Painting of St Ives from above.

A birds eye view of St Ives. The idea was to paint St Ives from memory and capture as many of the buildings that I could remember. Wen I think back now I know I missed a few, but I got the ones that I wanted. The flat over looking Porthmeor Beach that we have stayed at for many years, the pasty shop, the little burger café. St Nicholas Chapel on top of the hill. Pedn-Olva Hotel with its glass overhanging conservatory. The RNLI on West Pier. So many lovely places to visit and enjoy. Smeatons Pier with its three arches and two lighthouses. Porthminister Beach with its Porthminster Beach Café a wonderful place to eat. This was painted before they built The Tate St Ives, of which we now go for coffee quite often as the café on the roof has spectacular views.

May 2018 St Ives Cornwall The Tate St Ives

This is the paintings that I had on display in Tate St Ives Cornwall on the For Me St Ives Is wall. Painted on Tate St Ives round cards while on the sea wall at St Ives Cornwall.  The view is of the harbour with the famous three arches in the sea wall.


Visit the iconic Tate St Ives gallery, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018 Winner


Monday to Sunday 10.00–17.20

Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1TG

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