Harry Ousey

Frederick Henry “Harry” Ousey (1915–1985) was a British painter born in Manchester. He originally trained as an architect before moving to Cornwall where he became associated with Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth. His work was very important in the 20th-century British art scene and has been exhibited across Europe. 


A collection of 25 paintings is owned and exhibited by the Falmouth Art Gallery, Cornwall, who describe his work as “amongst the finest in abstract paintings emanating from the St Ives School”.  Ousey was working towards a major show in Paris at the time of his death in 1985.


A retrospective, “One Needs More Than Paint, A Centenary Exhibition of Harry Ousey”, was held at Salford Art Gallery in June 2015.