'Back Streets' by Norman Cornish (1919-2014)
Study in Watercolour and pen
Size: 19 x 28cm (7 I/2 x 11 inches.)
Norman Cornish was born in 1919 and began his working life at the Dean & Chapter Colliery at the age of fourteen. At sixteen he joined the Spennymoor Sketching Club, and with his tutor Bill Farrells advice, he embarked on the subject that would preoccupy him for the next seven decades, painting the life he knew. By the age of 47, after 33 years working in the County Durham Coalfields he began painting full time. 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.