Norman Stansfield Cornish Original Watercolour Rare Signed Vintage Urban Landscape.
Vibrant rare watercolour on white stock.
Excellent condition. Hand signed by the artist lower left.
35cm x 25cm (13.7 x 9.8in); a superb piece.
Private Art Collection UK.
Price On Application.
Norman Stansfield Cornish (1919 – 2014)
The last of the famous “Pitman Painters”, Norman Cornish, died on the 1st August 2014 aged 94. Hailing from Spennymoor, County Durham, he worked as a miner at the Dean and Chapter Colliery in Ferryhill until 1966 when he pursued a career as an artist full-time. He is best known for painting the mining village culture found in the North East, expertly capturing the characters and essence of the area. Cornish was also a long standing member of the Spennymoor Settlement, a community centre serving the South Durham coalfield area. Established in 1930 as a reaction to the effects of the economic depression, it’s declared objectives were “To encourage tolerant neighbourliness and voluntary social services and give its members opportunities for increasing their knowledge, widening their interests, and cultivating their creative powers in a friendly atmosphere”. This was achieved partly through the provision of classes and talks on varied subjects, including cobbling, painting and sketching, sewing, woodwork, and drama. The Spennymoor Settlement was also known as the Pitman Academy as it nurtured the talents of many prominent North-East art individuals whose roots were in mining, including those of writer Sid Chaplin.