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Real Northern Art: Ten from the New Light Art Prize

Seventy two artists have been selected to take part in the 4th biennial New Light Art Prize Exhibition. Opening at the Bowes Museum on November 18 the New Light Art Prize tag line is ‘Real Northern Art’ – here’s our choice of ten of the best

Deborah Grice

a brooding oil painting showing a moon peeping through the clouds

Deborah Grice, Coastal Moonlight II, Oil on Canvas

Deborah Grice is a British landscape painter and printmaker. She graduated from Glasgow School of Art and The Royal College of Art, London.

Deborah paints raw land, emptiness and weather. Her paintings are metaphysical in nature representing vastness and ‘otherness’. At present she draws much of her inspiration from the Humber Estuary, with its dynamic beauty influencing her work significantly, as seen in the painting Coastal Moonlight II.

Paul Crook

a painting of a futuristic 1930s modernist tower seen through a window

Paul Crook, Turquoise Tower, Acrylic on canvas

Paul Crook was born in Wigan, Lancashire. He studied BA(Hons) Fine Art at Falmouth School of Art followed by an MA in Fine Art at Birmingham Polytechnic. His studio is based in Warwickshire, where he works as a fine artist/painter and Lecturer in Fine Art. His work has been exhibited widely, both in the UK and internationally and is included in a number of private collections.

His paintings depict an idealised, post-modernist architecture that are immediately recognisable. The work explores the dramatic, geometrical shapes and structures that can be found within the urban environment. These built spaces resonate with the layered personal narratives of families and communities that have inhabited these places during our more recent cultural and social histories.

Charlie Askew

a realistic coloured pencil drawing of a river running past a brick mill building

Charlie Askew, The River Tame, Delph. Coloured Pencil.

Charlie Askew grew up, studied and worked in Oldham. He is now currently based in Leeds.

Charlie has been back making a serious effort at creating his artwork for four years now, after more than twenty years away from the drawing board. A coloured pencil and graphite specialist, who is not afraid of trying out anything slightly unusual with non standard materials or surfaces purely for a challenge, but will always return to the old favourites.

Anthony Ratcliffe

a woodcut print of an archaeological site with stone walls

Anthony Ratcliffe, Skara Brae Woodcut print.

Anthony Ratcliffe is now a fulltime printmaker after retiring from a senior lecturer post at Manchester School of Art, he was born in South Yorkshire and has always based his work around an exploration of British landscape.

His commissioned prints can be found in many private and corporate collections – Manchester Airport PLC, Parliamentary Art Collection, MMU Special Collections, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and the British Council. The artist is a member of and exhibits regularly with Leeds Fine Artists and Manchester Academy of Fine Art.

Skara Brae is a woodcut of the prehistoric village site on Orkney – now a world heritage site. It is one print of a current project entitled ‘Northern Stones’ linking visual images with text and literature, in this case the poetry of George Mackay Brown. The owl appeared and flew alongside the car one evening when he was exploring Orkney with his family.

Mark Gibbs

a photo of a model ship sitting on a conical base in a display cabinet

Mark Gibbs, Dresden at Cumberland Bay, Mixed Media Sculpture

Mark Gibbs creates complex sculptures featuring animals and sometimes ships. Influenced by archaeology the sculptures resemble ancient ritual artefacts with many layers of meaning. He says; ‘Whatever the concept, the physicality of materials and the process of making is vital’.

Since graduating in 1998 from Cumbria University with a BA (Hons) is Fine Art, Mark has exhibited widely regionally, and in London. In 2016 Mark won the Cumbrian Open competition at the Upfront Gallery and has been regularly included in the Cumbrian Artist of the Year exhibition at the Rheged Gallery.

In 2014 Mark was commissioned by the Rheged Gallery to make a series of naval sculptures for the ‘Art of Remembering’ a touring exhibition exploring the contemporary significance of the First World War. This prompted an exploration of forgotten colonial campaigns in Africa and the Pacific, warnings from history about the folly of unrestrained international competition.

David Morris

an balck and white etching showing an oil rig

David Morris, Oil Platform, Hartlepool, Etching


David Morris was born in Knaresborough and studied painting and printmaking at Harrogate School of Art, before continuing his studies in painting and sculpture at the Slade 1959 – 1961 where his tutor was Keith Vaughan.

After graduating he began teaching part time at Bradford College of Art. In 1963 he was appointed full time at Harrogate college of Art. Many of his students have continued as practising painters and printmakers themselves.

Following retirement from full time teaching he continued to run an adult class in printmaking at Harrogate College until 2002. Since that time David has concentrated on his own work as a painter and printmaker.

David has exhibited widely in public and private galleries in the UK including the Royal Academy Summer shows. His work has been purchased by The House of Lords for inclusion in their Woks of Art collection.

Neil Bousfield

a engraving of buildings and a ballot paper with an x on it

Neil Bousfield, What Hope For Holding Back the Sea, Ballot, Relief engraving triptych

Neil Bousfield studied at Bristol’s University of the West of England where he gained a Master of Arts degree in Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking, awarded with distinction in 2007, and previously studied MSc 3D Computer Graphics at Teesside University. Born in Middlesbrough, Neil grew up in the coastal village of Marske-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire, and now lives and works on the North Norfolk coast.

In 2009 Neil was elected a member of The Society of Wood Engravers and in 2014 to the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers. Neil’s work can be found in private & public collections around the world including the National Art Library, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford, Ohio State University Libraries, USA, MMU Special Collections, Manchester, the Jiangsu Art Museum, Nanjing, China, and the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China. He has recently exhibited in France, Australia, China, the USA and the UK, including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London.

Mandy Pane

a painting of a brutalist high rise complex

Mandy Payne, Brave New World, Spray paint and oil on concrete

Mandy Payne was the winner of the Valeria Sykes Award in 2015 and returns for this year’s New Light Prize Exhibition. Mandy lives and works in Sheffield and graduated from Nottingham University in 2013 with a BA(Hons) Fine Art.

Recent exhibitions include: Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London (2014-17), John Moores Painting Prize, where she was a prize winner in 2014 and shortlisted again in 2016, and the Contemporary British Painting Prize. Mandy has also had work selected for National Open Art Competition, (London, 2014 and 2015) and The Threadneedle Prize, London (2013).

She has recently completed a two-year Fellowship in stone lithography at Leicester Print Workshop and an intensive artist development programme (Studio Book 2017) with Mark Devereux Projects.

Tony Noble

a painting of an industrial site

Tony Noble, Too Many Travesties. Oil on panel.

Tony Noble was born in Batley, West Yorkshire. He studied Fine Art at Loughborough College of Art (1976-79). Art college was followed by a wonderful career as a primary school teacher.

He finally gave up teaching in 2007 to concentrate fully on painting. He has shown work in the BP Portrait Award Exhibition (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (2015, 2016), The John Moores Painting Prize Exhibition (2014), The New Light Prize Exhibition (2015, 2017), The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014), The Sunday Times Watercolour Exhibition (2009 & 2010), The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Exhibition (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) and The Lynn Painter Stainers Prize Exhibition (2013).

He still lives in Batley and has a studio in Redbrick Mill, Batley.

Christopher Campbell

a painting of a scruffy old caravan

Christopher Campbell, Caravan of Love, Oil on linen.

Christopher Campbell creates paintings that celebrate the urban landscape and champion social realism. It is a desire, to seek the sublime in the banality that is the crux of the paintings.

Campbell’s paintings are of a photographic nature however they retain the qualities of paint associated with the more traditional figurative genres. Influence can be seen in from a diverse source, such as the romanticist and impressionist movements, yet all the time engaging with the current practises and concerns of modern painting. They are consistently quiet yet charged scenes of an emptiness.

The New Light Art Prize begins shining a light on Northern Art at The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham 18 November, running until February 18 2018. Find out more at newlight-art.org.uk


The Bowes Museum

Barnard Castle, Durham

Founded over 100 years ago, by John and Joséphine Bowes, the magnificent building contains the greatest collection of European fine and decorative arts in the North of England, alongside an eclectic programme of exhibitions and events.


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