Behind the Scenes: The Norman Cornish Sketchbooks
There are four themes in the book covering: Mining, Observations of People, Bar Scenes and Street Scenes. The previously unseen sketches reveal the initial work developed to create his iconic images so typical of life in his era. Extracted from his sketchbooks and archive, Norman’s own comments and thoughts feature throughout the book. There is also a section taking the reader into Norman’s studio, as well as maps showing the locations of his most memorable images in his home town, together with the Pit Road which is featured for the first time. The essay contributions provide new insight and appreciation of Norman’s work with direct references to the sketches, leading the reader towards a new understanding.
We are also delighted to announce that the Foreword to the book has been written by Melvyn Bragg who is uniquely placed to comment about Norman’s work and his place in 20th Century British Art. Melvyn’s first documentary for BBC TV was in 1963, Two Border Artists, which featured the work of Sheila Fell and Norman Cornish.