Art and artists
Art on display
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.
- Jersey's public art collections, general article and galleries - Now including sculptures
Philip John Ouless
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
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.
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.