Tom Cross (1931-2009) was an artist, lecturer and author who made his mark upon the world of art in Cornwall. He trained at the Slade School in London and then spent two years travelling and painting in Italy and France on Rome and French government scholarships. On his return he worked in Wales as Assistant Director of the Welsh Arts Council and later became Senior Lecturer in Painting at Reading University. In 1976 he became Principal of the Falmouth School of Art, a post which he held until 1987. He wrote extensively on the history of the Newlyn and St Ives Schools and on contemporary artists working in Cornwall today.
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