20th Century British & Contemporary Art
Castlegate House Gallery

Norman, Richard and Percy

22nd April, 2018

Man Smoking by Norman Cornish Man Smoking by Norman Cornish

Just under four weeks until we open the doors to our Michael Bennett memorial exhibition, whilst the work is away and being framed, we’ve taken a trip to the north east and spent the day with the family of the late Norman Cornish, going through Norman’s paintings and drawings etc. and choosing twelve works to bring back to the gallery. These include one of the very few remaining images of the Pit Gantry together with fabulous bar scenes and depictions of local Spennymoor characters. All may be seen HERE.

It’s worth remembering that these works aren’t some latter-day rose-tinted view of the bygone north as is often created by myriad artists, these were works of the immediate world Norman and his family lived in during the latter half of the last century, in and around the mining towns and villages of the north east. It’s a social record of Britain and an important one at that.

Also a quick mention that we have a number of new works by Richard Fitton, including a jewel of a small painting titled Sophia; heavy impasto, multi-layered with real energy and power. See them all HERE. Also new to the gallery are a small collection of works in oil and bitumen by the very talented Colin Halliday. They really have a power about them, a Turner-esq quality that sets them apart in the landscape genre; all seen HERE

Finally, many of you will have seen the excellent piece in Countryfile last Sunday on BBC1 about Percy Kelly; a rightly deserved increase in profile. Any of you considering finding a new custodian for your Percy Kelly work please remember we’d be happy to talk about an outright purchase for resale in the gallery. We may well have a number available for sale over the summer period, but additions to this number would always be welcome.  

Unless anything pressing crops up we’ll next come out with the catalogue for our Michael Bennett exhibition, celebrating the career of one of Cumbria’s most important artists of recent times.

Steve and Christine