Tom McGuinness (1926-2006): Pigeon Crees
Norman Cornish (1919-2014): Dean and Chapter Colliery, Spennymoor
Norman Cornish: Smoky Bar Scene
Norman Cornish: Pit Gantry
Norman Cornish: Bar Scene
Norman Wade: Durham Cathedral
Hurried attempt to capture the wonderfulness that is Durham Cathedral
Got taken to Durham for Last Trip before gearing up for Open Studio (!!!). Discovered the Mining Art Gallery. Some wonderful pictures, including by Pitmen Painters (the name given to a disparate group of northern miners after some joined a 1930s part-time art class whoseÂ young tutorÂ encouraged them to â€œpaint what you knowâ€. Excellent advice generally).
Here are some nice examples and aÂ good review, including this quote about Norman Cornish, who: â€™when interviewed by Gordon Burn in 1970 for a piece in The Journal said he was â€œfed up to the back teethâ€ being called â€™the pitman painterâ€™ and â€œIâ€™m sick of being looked at like some kind of zoo animal or specimen. You know the sort of thing â€¦out of the depths comes this bloke and he paints his pictures. It assumes that a man in a mine is not up to writing or painting or playing music, but it simply isnâ€™t true.â€â€™
And in Durham itself (hilly, picturesque, full of students) discovered Norman Wadeâ€™s prints. No other images of the City I saw there are a patch on his.
But nothing in Durham was as beautiful as the Cathedral.