Saturday 2 August 2014

Norman Cornish RIP

Celebrated artist Norman Cornish, the last of the Pitman Painters, passed away peacefully yesterday evening aged 94. The Pitman's Academy at The Spennymoor Settlement was set up in 1930 to give mining families access to the arts. Cornish had no option but to start working in a coal mine at the age of 14. He also joined the Spennymoor Settlement, where he could learn about art and artists. He spent 33 years as a miner before starting a new career as an artist at the age of 47. His talent shines through Pit Road with Telegraph Pole and Lights and a charcoal-and-chalk Self Portrait. CLICK for his website. CLICK for BBC News.


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