Ken Symonds studied art in at the Regent Street Polytechnic (London) in the 1950s where he met his wife Jane. He then completed his Teaching Diploma at London University. While working in London as a freelance illustrator and designing book covers, he also travelled widely, undertaking drawing commissions as far afield as Africa.
The couple moved to Cornwall in 1960 and in 1980 moved into a large old church in Newlyn with panoramic views over the bay towards St Michael’s Mount, which they converted into a beautiful home and studio.
Ken painted and exhibited across the UK, Europe, America, Africa and Asia. His work is widely held in both public and private collections internationally. He was a member of the Penwith Society of Artists, a former Chairman of the Newlyn Society of Artists and was invited to become a member of the Pastel Society in 1990.
He taught art at the Penzance School of Art, the St Ives School of Painting as well as taking individual pupils in his own studios.
“One who believed in and practiced the traditional academic values of good drawing, colour and composition, there is a delight, directness and discipline, in all that he did” (Ruhrmund, 1990).
Ruhrmund, F. (1990) ‘Ken Symonds’. St Andrews Studio Newlyn.
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