After thirty-three years working in the coal mines near his home in Spennymoor, County Durham, where he started at age 14, Norman Cornish gave it up to become a full-time artist. He recorded the life of his small community in Spennymoor with the sharp, unblinking eye of someone who knows it intimately and unsentimentally. In his muscular drawings and paintings – telegraph poles on a windy day, pitmen walking home, men sharing a pint – you can feel the warmth of the pub, the biting wind in the street, the weariness of the miner’s work. Norman Cornish’s work hangs in the bar by the Great Hall.
Biography: At the age of 47, Norman Cornish took the risky decision to give up his job as a coal-miner and become a full-time artist, a ‘hobby’ he’d pursued since his teens. Born in 1919, Cornish is widely regarded as the north-east’s most significant post-war artist. He passed away in August 2014, at the age of 94.
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