Norman Stansfield Cornish (1919-2014) "Edward Street, Spennymoor, 'Wet Day' signed; with label and inscriptions verso flowmaster pen 26 x 33cms; 10 1/4x 13 ins.
This painting is illustrated in book entitled 'Cornish and Spennymoor' published by the University Gallery University of Northumbria, Newcastle upon Tyne in 1999.
Norman Stansfield Cornish born in 1919 began his working life at the Dean & Chapter Colliery at the age of fourteen. At sixteen he joined the Spennymoor Sketching Club which he thought was wonderful, and with his tutor Bill Farrells advice, that he could do no better than paint the life he knew, he embarked on the subject that would preoccupy him for the next seven decades. His narrow World as the novelist Sid Chaplin ( and fellow miner) wrote in an article in 1960. By the age of 47, after 33 years working in the County Durham Coalfields he took the great risk of living by his painting.That was a successful move is irrefutable. He has been the subject of countless TV documentaries, has his work in many public and private collections, has received and carried out several commissions including the mural for the Durham MIners Gala, has published his autobiography 'A Slice of LIfe', and continued to paint and exhibit till his death in 2004.