Hyman Segal was born in London in 1914 and came to Cornwall after the end of World War ll. He was a founder member of the Penwith Society of Arts in Cornwall. He worked from the renowned Porthmeor Studios, St Ives and became well known locally for his black and white drawings of people, fisherman and cats. He liked to go out and share the life of the local fishing community, in order to obtain sketchbook material and as a result many of his portraits are powerfully alive. Hyman Segal achieved a combination of both modern and traditional elements in many of his pictures. His work is widely collected and held in many private collections. He died in 2004.