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A PAINTER'S YEAR

 

Towards the end of summer last year Peter began a series of studies of the old Northamptonshire harvest wagon from Glebe Farm, Blisworth (made by Phillips of Flore at the end of the 19th Century). These studies evolved into the larger painting "Old Harvest at Foscote",

 

Summer turned into autumn with more studies of Ash Trees.

 

When winter came it was wet and grey, but suddenly as lambing started - a week of great storm clouds, intense cold winds and then deep snow. Painting on Slapton Hill was very, very cold.

 

Spring was very slow to start, but when it did arrive all the trees had loved the winter soaking.

 

June came with day after day of brilliant sunlight. What could be better than to sit on the river bank at Olney and paint the great church spire rising above the surrounding houses!!!!

 

 

 

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PETER NEWCOMBE

 

Born at Blisworth in Northamptonshire. Studied at Northampton School of Art, from where he won a travelling Scholarship. Designed stamps for the G.P.O. and the Guernsey Post Office with a conservation theme. He first came to the public notice with a series of pen and ink drawings illustrating John Clare's "Shepherd's Calendar. In 2014 the 150th Anniversary of the death of the Northamptonshire poet was marked by an Exhibition of these drawings illustrating at Northampton Museum and Art Gallery. These drawings are now in the permanent collection at the Art Gallery. He has exhibited at the RA and RI.

 

The subjects for Peter's paintings is gathered almost entirely from around the small area of Northamptonshire in which he lives. They are mostly intense studies of landscape, weather and flowers in all seasons, he has a particular interest in old buildings and the wild flowers which are now fast disappearing.

 

Peter starting exhibiting while at Towcester Grammar School. Many exhibitions have followed in Northamptonshire, various locations around the country, London and the Channel Islands.

 

Michael Savage has been very much involved with Peter's work for over 50 years, since Michael first sold Peter brushes and paints while he was a student. Michael has shown Peter's work in his Gallery in Northampton, staged one-man shows in Guernsey and numerous large country houses throughout Northamptonshire.

 

 

 

 

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Back in 2014 Peter began a series of tiny 5½" x 3½" Oil Paintings of wild spring flowers. This year the series has continued through summer into the fruits of Autumn. There are blackberries, plums, rosehips, currants------ on to hops, oak apples, wheat and thistledown among many more. In all there are over 50 of these tiny gems all painted with that care and observation which you have come to expect from Peter.

 

 

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Peter Newcombe's paintings above are available on a view-by-appointment basis by contacting Savage Fine Art

 


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