An exhibition of work by the surrealist and mystical artist, Ithell Colquhoun (1906-1988), opens at Penlee House Gallery & Museum this weekend.

This will be the first dedicated exhibition of the artist's work since her death in 1988. 'Ithell Colquhoun: Image and Imagination' includes works spanning the artist's six decade career.

Director of Penlee House and exhibition organiser, Louise Connell, said: "Ithell Colquhoun is an important 20th century artist who made Lamorna her home for many years. She drew her inspiration from the ancient landscape and the works in this exhibition reflect her deep-rooted connection with Cornwall and its spiritual heritage. Many of the pictures have not been seen in public for many years and visitors will be surprised at the range of work on display."

Born in India to British parents, Ithell studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, winning the school’s summer prize in 1928. She found inspiration from the 1936 International Surrealist Exhibition and was a member of the Surrealist group for a short time. In 1949 she moved to West Penwith, where she remained for the next forty years.

On her death, Ithell left the majority of her paintings to The National Trust, who have lent generously to this exhibition. As most of the artist's work was kept in storage, this exhibition is an opportunity for members of the public to view her work.

'Ithell Colquhoun: Image and Imagination' is at Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance from January 16 to March 19, Monday to Saturday, 10am - 4:30pm.