CAS Permanent Collection . Joyce Pallot


Joyce Pallot was born in Brightlingsea and educated at Colchester County High School for Girls. She then went on to study industrial art and design at Colchester and Southend School of Art. It was while at Colchester in 1932 that she met Henry Collins (q.v.) whom she married in 1938. This was the beginning of a dynamic and successful partnership which was to last more than 60 years. Throughout the seventies she worked on commissions and murals with her husband, one of which can be seen outside the Sainsbury Store in Kingsway, Colchester. For details about her work with her husband see Henry Collins’s catalogue entries. She exhibited at the Minories (1) four times with her husband and also at York University, Cardiff, Hitchin, Cambridge, The Mercury Theatre and Gainsborough’s House in Sudbury, Suffolk. She had a solo exhibition at the Trafford Gallery, London, in 1968. There are watercolour and oil paintings in private collections, industrial offices, schools (Colchester High School for Girls) and hotels.

With her husband she was a founding member of Colchester Art Society in 1946, along with John Nash (q.v.) and Cedric Morris (q.v.). She was also a member of the Women’s International Art Club (2), which had among its members Gwen Jones and Orovida Pissarro, the only child of Lucien Pissarro. Lucien Pissarro (1863-1944), the eldest son of Camille Pissarro, married the sister of Dr. Ruth Bensusan-Butt (1877-1957) who sold the Minories to the Victor Batte-Lay Trust, now a Foundation, in 1956. Joyce Pallot was a leading exhibitor at Colchester Art Society exhibitions at the Minories for more than 40 years. She lived with her husband at 195 Lexden Road, Colchester, for many years and died in June 2004 at the Old Rectory Residential Home, Lexden, where she had lived for the past ten years.


Joyce Pallot painted numerous building sites. The use of pinks and blue colours for this type of subject is unusual but effective, especially with the green sky in the background. She painted another similar subject entitled High Pink Construction (3), and often gave interesting titles to her industrial paintings, identifying them by colour rather than location. Other titles include White Pier, Blue Bridge. Her work, as can be seen here, is geometric and dynamic. It is reminiscent of the work of the early 20th century American artists, which included notably Charles Demuth (1883-1935) and Lyonel Feininger (1871-1956), the latter a leading exponent of abstract expressionism. The modernist John Marin (1870-1953) might also have been an influence. The work of these artists plays with strong diagonal, vertical and horizontal lines which cut across and into the picture. They too, like Joyce Pallot, built up a repertoire of city and industrial scenes which established the popularity of these subjects.

Exhibition at the Minories

October 1961 with her husband Henry Collins


BUCKMAN, David, Dictionary of artists in Britain since 1945, Art Dictionaries Ltd, Bristol, 1998, p. 938


I wish to thank Mel King for his contribution to the interpretation of this painting


(1) The Minories, joint exhibition with Henry Collins, Paintings in oils, watercolour, gouache by Henry Collins/Joyce Pallot - Paintings, 1977.

(2) This was a club, founded in Paris in 1900, which provided a way for women artists to exhibit their work. It was dissolved in 1976.

(3) See Minories 1977 exhibition catalogue No 49.