Flowmaster pen 27.5 x 19.5cm : 10 3/4 x 7 3/4 ins. Signed

Also title and signed by artist verso.


Norman Cornish, born in 1919 began his working life at the Dean and 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 (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 it was a successful move is irrefutable. He has been the subject of countless TV documentaries, has his work in many public and private collections, also received and carried out several notable commissions including the murel for the Durham Miners Gala, and published his autobiography 'A Slice of Life'.  He sadly died at the age of 94 in 2014 and is widely regarded as the North-East's most significant post-ward artist.


The Window Cleaner in Edward Street, Spennymoor.

Norman Stansfield Cornish (1919-2014)